Richard “Rick, Ricky” Robinson Shelton

Richard “Rick, Ricky” Robinson Shelton, 54, of Gloucester, Virginia, passed away on November 14, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. 

Rick was born on February 2, 1969, in Newport News, Virginia. He grew up in York County and graduated from Tabb High School. Rick also lived in Windsor, Virginia, and most recently in Gloucester. In his professional life, Rick worked as a nuclear supervisor at Newport News Shipbuilding.

Ricky was thoughtful and ready to extend a helping hand to those in need. He had a gift for fixing things rather than discarding them and hated to see anything go to waste. Even as his health declined in the hospital, he asked for a “box” for the leftover food from his tray. Whether it was hunting, fishing, cooking game and seafood, or simply sitting by the fire, Ricky found joy in the simplicity and beauty of nature. From an early age, he greatly loved animals (even snakes and lizards) and left behind his dearly loved close companion, “Peanut,” his Jack Russell Terrier.

Ricky was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Edith Lane Robinson, whose memory he cherished. He is survived by his father, Richard R. Shelton, and his sisters Sheila “Renee” (Barry) Smith and Robin (Bill) Teller, and his longtime companion, Sharon Singleton. His niece, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends also mourn his loss.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Riverside Hospital, especially those in the SICU unit, for the wonderful care and family support during Ricky’s time there.

To honor Ricky’s wishes, a private gathering will celebrate his life, allowing his family to pay their respects in a more intimate setting. Peninsula Funeral Home, located in Newport News, Virginia, assists the family with the arrangements.


  1. Teresa Fuata

    With condolences and Aloha to the family.

    During our visits, Rick always extended friendship and kindness toward my elderly mother. He made her feel special.

    May You Rest In Peace, Rick.

  2. Justin Ernsting

    Man rick i’m gonna miss you. I wish i had known you were sick. After working for you for years when you were at the yard i learned alot from you. Had a great time working for you and it was a lot of fun. I wish we could have stayed in contact after i got promoted but unfortunately life does that sometimes. Hopefully we will meet again. Rest easy friend and My sincerest condolences to the family. Wild man rick will be dearly missed.

    • Dottie

      I left the neighborhood so long ago .every groundhogs day I thought of the first time you told me I’d never forget you cause every groundhogs day I would think of you and every year I will be missed and yes I remember you every groundhogs day rest in peace my forever friend

  3. Connie Harris

    My condolences to the Shelton family. May you find comfort from the scripture at 2 Corinthians 1:3,4.” Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort at this time.

  4. Phil Acol and Brian Ordwaty

    With Justin Ernsting and Kendel Sentz…RIP Rick….and I too did not know..

    Condolences to the family from Brian Ordway and Phil Acol.

  5. Aunt Virginia and Melissa

    Ricky was very special to all of us but especially to Grandaddy Robinson we love all of Ricky family dearly.God be with you all in this time of sorrow.

  6. C C

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your dear loved one. Hope that you will find comfort in God’s promise to wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more. -Revelation 21:4 Condolences

  7. Myra and Dennis

    Man Rick, the times we had, you, Dennis and I. I remember the first time you went skiing with us. You were fearless, no zig zagging for you, just straight down the mountain and fast as can be. 🙂 Or those late nights we would all go to Super K-Mart and get crab clusters and lobster tails. I’m so sad to hear of your passing. Our condolences to Sharon and the family. May you rest in peace.

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