Arthur Marshall Sheets (1930 - 2018)

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Arthur Marshall Sheets died at home on April 24, 2018. He was a fine, God-fearing man who left the constraints of this earthly coil at peace. After many years of bible study, he has seen the whole of God's plan first hand.
Mr. Sheets was born on Sept. 12, 1930, at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington, D.C., to Colonel Arthur and Mary Louise Sheets. Art and his sister spent their early years in Peking, China, where his father was stationed. Arthur and his sister were raised in a unique and cosmopolitan atmosphere as world travelers, where they attained a wide and unique natural education. Their father, Colonel Arthur M. Sheets, was also stationed in the Philippines, and several other exotic locales. They returned to the United States and settled in Corvallis, Ore.
In 1943, at only 13 years of age, Arthur, who was tall and strong for his age, found work in the summers as a fuel/oil monkey in the Pacific Northwest logging industry. In 1955, after graduating Oregon College, he joined the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant. He was stationed in Alaska and after he was honorably discharged in 1960, he chose to make Alaska his home.
Art spent more than 60 years enjoying everything that Alaska had to offer. He loved the wide open spaces and the sparse population which allowed him to roam all over this Great Land. Art was a pilot extraordinaire and was fond of such out-of-the-way spots as Eshamey in Prince William Sound and Gore Point. He loved the challenge of living in the Last Frontier. He was a passionate Alaskan who was proud to have rubbed shoulders with many of Alaska's movers and shakers.
Arthur worked as an insurance adjuster for Crawford and Company and was involved in the Exxon Valdez oil spill response. After retiring, he developed his own aircraft recovery and salvage operation. Art finally semi-retired in 2010, to enjoy his comfortable home in sunny Spenard. For several years, Art lived an idyllic life on Lake Spenard. There, he and his friends would enjoy a glass of fine wine and reminisce about the good times.
Arthur is survived by his sister, Marilou Sheets, who lives in Florida. He was a good man and will be missed by all. At his own direction, Arthur was cremated and his ashes are to be spread at Gore Point. A memorial will be held at a later date. Godspeed, Arthur.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from June 13 to June 15, 2018
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