Racine DPW worker dies following crash

NOW: Racine DPW worker dies following crash

RACINE (CBS 58) -- Flags around Racine are at half-staff to honor a DPW worker who died following a crash Oct. 28. 

David Shelton, known by friends and family as "Dee," was a husband and a father. 

"He was a good dude, he was a good dude," said his co-worker, Edward Lambert. 

Lambert said he knew Shelton for many years before they started working together. 

"He was a good guy, hard working man, he was a funny guy, he was down to earth, he was a good father, he was just an all around good guy," said Lambert. 

Lambert said it was hard to hear that Shelton had been in a crash last Monday, and tragic to hear he had passed away a few days later. 

"Why did his life have to end?" he asked. "He was young, good husband."

Shelton's love for his wife was also recognized by family members. 

"A loving man, a very loving man. He loved life, he loved to fish, he loved being a Shelton, he loved his family, but most of all he loved his wife," said John Tate. 

A love that was contagious. 

"The greatest thing that he left me with was just his love. He loved seeing people in love, does that make sense?" said Tate. 

In a statement, Racine Mayor Cory Mason said: 

"We are sad to share the news that an employee of the City of Racine’s Department of Public Works (DPW) has died following a single vehicle collision last Monday morning while in service to the City. David R. Shelton was a valued member of the DPW team since 2013, and we are all grieving his death. We send our most sincere condolences to David’s family and to his colleagues in the Public Works Department who are reeling from this unexpected loss.
David’s visitation and funeral will be held this Friday, Nov. 8, at Greater Mount Eagle Baptist Church. To allow DPW employees to attend their colleague’s funeral, solid waste and recycling collection will begin at 5 a.m. Residents on Friday collection routes are asked to please have their carts out by 5 a.m. to assist our hardworking and grieving Public Works employees.”

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