Dalton R. Shackleton, Sr. - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Dalton R. Shackleton, Sr.

Born March 14, 1936

Dalton R. Shackleton, Sr., age 80, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family, on Sunday, December 11, 2016.

A proud native Delawarean, Dalton was born in Wilmington on March 14, 1936, and was the the son of the late Alfred B. and Helen M. (Jones) Shackleton. He made his career with A&P Markets/Superfresh, where he worked as a meat cutter, retiring after many years of dedicated service. After retiring, Dalton worked for Enterprise Rental Car and gave of his time as a volunteer with Christiana Hospital.

He was a longtime member of Hiram Lodge No. 25 A.F. & A.M. Dalton was an avid sports fan and was actively involved for a number of years with the Newark National Little League. He adored spending time with his loved ones and especially looked forward to family vacations to Disney World “ visiting the resort over 20 times throughout his lifetime. A loving devoted father, brother, grandfather and friend, Dalton will be very dearly missed.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 55 years, Norma E. (Patille) Shackleton; and sister, Florence Thomson. Dalton is survived by his sons, Dalton R. Shackleton, Jr. (Susan) of Elk Mills, MD, Al J. Shackleton (Joan) of Chesapeake City, MD, David M. Shackleton (Mary Jo) of Geneva, NY and Paul J. Shackleton (Carrie) of Newark; sisters, Sara Steele of Covington, VA and Helen Stradley of Columbus, OH; grandson, Sean Shackleton and his faithful canine companion, Max.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Thursday evening, December 15, 2016 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE, where a masonic service will be held at 6:30 pm. A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Friday morning, December 16, 2016 at the funeral home. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, c/o Christiana Care Foundation, P.O. Box 1668, Wilmington, DE 19899.


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5 Condolences for Dalton R. Shackleton, Sr.

  • Don was a good friend and neighbor who will be missed by the whole community.

  • Mr. Don was like a father to me. He was loved greatly, and will be very greatly missed. Thanks Mr. Don, for stepping in and being my “dad.”

  • Our deepest condolences to the family. I loved his fried chicken

  • Your dad was so very special to us. My heart is broken. When we visited with him 2 months ago the last thing I said to him was I Love you Don. And he said I love you to Rach. I can’t be there but please know I Love you 4 boys too. Your my family.

  • Don, Al, David and Paul,
    I have been thinking of you all week long. Growing up next to your family means the world to me. Sitting with you all at your kitchen table was a joy and an honor. Laughter, love, endless cups of tea, and companionship. I know we were blessed. If love and family makes a family rich we are wealthy in all that really matters.