Benjamin D. Shelden

Benjamin "Hap" D. Shelden, 79, of Dolan Springs passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008. Hap was born March 10, 1928, in Nebraska. He lived in Dolan Springs for three years. He was a long-time resident of San Bernardino, Calif. Hap retired from Caltrans. He loved his garden, using his tractor and helping others.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 59 years, Maggie. Hap had six loving children, four daughters and two sons, Jean Shelden of San Bernardino, Dennis (Judy) of Dolan Springs, Barbara Blake of San Bernardo, Billy Shelden of Dolan Springs, Frances (Robert) Shelden of Winston, N.M., and Joy (Doug) Taylor of Lake Havasu City. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, with one on the way, and several nieces and nephews.

Cremation will be at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home. A celebration of life will be held between 1 and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, at his home in Dolan Springs.

Hap and his family would like to send a thank you to New Hope Hospice for their caring, support and assistance. A special thank you goes to a very dear and special friend, Bill Strout, for all the loving care and the special friendship that he gave to our father and mother.