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Gerlene F. (Hatton) Caldwell Shackelford

April 17, 1936 ~ December 4, 2018 (age 82)

Gerlene F. Caldwell Shackelford, 82, of Peru passed into the loving arms of her savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

She was born in Powell County, Kentucky on April 17, 1936 to Rex and Delora (Rogers) Hatton.  A homemaker, Gerlene was married to Verlon C. Caldwell Sr.  He preceded her in death.  She later married William Shackelford, who also preceded her in death.  She was a member of the Peru Church of the Brethren.

She is survived by her son Charles Caldwell (wife Diana), a granddaughter Abbey Caldwell, and great-grandchildren Colton Caldwell and Julian Caldwell.  Also surviving are a sister Joyce Anders of Logansport, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Gerlene was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, her son Michael John Caldwell, a brother Buck Hatton, and a sister Anna Dailey.

Visitation will be held from 10am until approximately 12:30pm on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, 105 West Third Street, Peru, Indiana.  Graveside service will follow at 1pm  at Mount Hope Cemetery in Peru, with Pastor Phil Cruea officiating.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Peru Church of the Brethren.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at

Donations may be made to:

Peru Church of the Brethren
134 E 5th St, Peru IN 46970
Tel: 1-765-473-4642

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