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Ronald Earle Shedd

Battle Creek

Now I lay me down to sleep, Ronald Earle Shedd, age 93, of Battle Creek died Friday, September 16, 2016 at Bronson at Home Hospice Residence in Battle Creek.

He was born early Christmas morning in 1922 at his parent's home in Tekonsha, Michigan.  He was the third of four children born to John Earle and Myda (Goff) Shedd.  He lived in Tekonsha until he graduated from high school.

He first jobs were delivering newspapers, The Detroit News, in the 6th Grade.  Later, he was the carrier for the Coldwater Daily Reporter and was the carrier for the Battle Creek Moon Journal when it was sold to the Battle Creek Enquirer and News. 

He graduated from Tekonsha High School in 1941, where he lettered in basketball and baseball and was Secretary of his senior class.  He was a member of Boy Scout Troop #48 and the 4-H Handicraft Club during his high school years.

He graduated from Cleary College in 1942 and worked briefly for the U.S. Engineers who were building housing for the bomber crews that were flying the completed B-24 bombers from the Willow Run Bomber Plant.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet Program in November, 1942 and was called for training in January, 1943.  He graduated from Mariana, Florida Advanced Flying School (Class of 44-C) in March, where he received his pilots silver wings and was commissioned as 2nd Lt.  He then received additional training in P-40s and P-51s before being sent to the CBI theater of Operations at Karachi, India. He spent six months at Karachi doing take-offs, landings and riding as observer for other pilots reviewing their instruments flying because of an excess of pilots in China.  In February, 1945 he was assigned to the 26th Fighter Squadron, 51st. Fighter Group of the 14th Air Force (The Flying Tigers).  There was very little action in Kunming as the nearest Japanese were about 1,300 miles away.  He was there until the end of World War II.

After the war, he worked at Oliver Corp. for several months before enrolling at Ferris Institute (now Ferris State University) where he graduated in 1948 with a bachelor's degree in commerce.

Ronald had been employed by Post Cereals Division of General Foods Corp. for 33 years, mostly in the Accounting Department.  He retired in 1982 as a Financial Analyst. At Post Cereals, he was Sec.-Treas. of the Post Twilight Bowling League and the Post Cereal Golf League.  He played for the Post team in the City Industrial Golf League.  He was Sec.-Treas. of the old Battle Creek District Golf Association for 10 years. 

He joined Riverside Country Club in 1951, served on its Board of Directors and was Golf Chairman for many years.  He was a member of the Post Management Club, the Post 25 Year Club, the Post Employees Credit Union and was a former member of its Board.  He was a former member of the Battle Creek Area Senior Golf Association and the BC/KZ Chapter of the National Association of Accountants.

Surviving are sisters-in-law, Mrs. John Goff (Marjorie) Shedd of Albion and Mrs, Ralph F. (Joan) Shedd of California; nephews, John Charles (Janice) Shedd of Albion, William Earl (Clare) Shedd of Phoenix, AZ, Jay R. (Shelia) Shedd of Guam, Daniel L. (Kris) Shedd of Santa Maria, CA; nieces, Kathleen Louise Shedd of Albion and Ronna (Shedd) Anderson of Ramona, CA.  He is also survived by eight grand-nephews and three grand-nieces; one great-grandniece and two great grandnephews, and a 9 month old grandnephew.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Myda, in 1945 and his father, John E. Shedd in 1966; brothers, John Goff Shedd in July, 2004 and Ralph F. Shedd in September 2012; a sister, Helen Lucile (Shedd) Bogett in August, 2004; and a grand-nephew, William J. Shedd in 2001.

Graveside funeral service will be held 11 AM Thursday, September 22, 2016 at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, 15501 Dickman Road, Augusta, MI.  Arrangements are by the Craig K. Kempf Family Funeral Homes, Marshall Chapel.

To leave a personal message and sign the online guest book, please visit www.kempffuneralhome.com
Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Sept. 22, 2016
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