Azor D. Sheffield, age 95, of Hessel, Michigan, died July 2, 2013, in Charlevoix, Michigan. He was born on March 28, 1918, in Liberty Center, Ohio to Azor D. Sr. and Ruth Eunice (Henrick) Sheffield.
Azor lived much of his life in Toledo where he was a 1936 graduate of Scott High School and then attended Tri-State University. He was a veteran of World War II, having served as a First Lieutenant with the US Army overseas with the 1st Armored Division in the North African and Italian Campaigns. Azor married Betty Willogene Seward on June 24, 1942. He was appointed to the Toledo Fire Department in 1940 and retired from there in 1970, with the rank of Captain. He enjoyed the unique privilege of sharing this part of his life with his father, Azor Sr. who also retired as a captain with the Toledo Fire Department. At the time of his retirement, Azor Jr. was the commanding officer of the then new downtown fire station #5, located at Washington and Erie Streets.
After retirement, he and his wife Betty re-located to Hessel where they purchased the "Georgian Styled" Old Hessel Schoolhouse and spent their retirement years remodeling it into a residence. He served many years as the secretary-treasurer of the Les Cheneaux Sportsman's Club.
Azor was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Toledo, the VFW Post in Hessel, and a life member of the Les Cheneaux Masonic Lodge #590 F&AM. He was a Mason for over 70 years. In Toledo, he was active in the Larchmont School PTA where he served as a president. His passion was racing small sailboats, with his wife as crew, which he did for many years in the Toledo area. He was a charter member of the Jolly Roger Sailing Club located in Point Place.
Azor is survived by his two daughters, Candace Ashley of Traverse City, Michigan, and Pamela (James) Null of Perrysburg, Ohio; grandchildren, Mark (Lisa) Ashley, Elizabeth Ashley (Paul) Thompson, Patrick (Julie) Null, and Christopher Null; step grandson, Mark Null; and twelve great-grandchildren, Katie, Willow, Brandon, Mackenzie, Abigail, Alexis, Azor, Owen, Mikayla, Olivia, Jacob, and Ryan.
Azor is preceded in death by his wife, Betty and sister, Audene Oliver.
Ohio visitation will be held Monday, July 8, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Ansberg-West Funeral Directors, 3000 Sylvania Avenue in Toledo. The Fireman's Last Alarm Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 9 at 1:00 p.m. at Ansberg-West. Burial will be in the Ottawa Hills Memorial Park in Toledo, Ohio.
Memorials may be made to the Toledo Firefighters Museum, 918 Sylvania Avenue, Toledo, OH 43612.
Condolences may be sent to the family at
Ansberg-West Funeral Directors
3000 Sylvania Ave Toledo, OH 43613
Published in Toledo Blade on July 7, 2013