Strangers pay respects at funeral for Marine veteran with no family

INDIANAPOLIS (WFLA) — A veteran who had no known family was honored this weekend at a funeral attended by strangers.

On Saturday, dozens of people showed up at the Allisonville Christian Church in Indianapolis for Glenn Shelton’s funeral.

Shelton died last month at the age of 68, according to our sister station WISH in Indianapolis. He served as a Marine in Vietnam and earned a Purple Heart.

But when he died, authorities couldn’t find his family. So Indiana Funeral Care invited strangers, organizations and other veterans to attend Shelton’s funeral.

Dozens responded and showed up to pay their respects.

“I think this was wonderful today,” said Russell Pryor, the Veterans of Foreign Wars District 11 Commander. “I mean, to see every place out here, looking around, being filled with people who just have a love in their heart because of a service that he did for us and for this country.”

One of Shelton’s close friends did show up to the funeral. Roy Ladd was friends with Shelton for more than 30 years but says he lost contact with him over time.

“It was amazing. When I came here for Glenn, I was expecting to be the only person here that knew him. And I am the only person who knew him, but I never expected this many people to be here,” Ladd said. “I was just totally shocked at all the people that showed up that did not know him.”

A veteran funeral service was held for Shelton. He was then laid to rest at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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