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Everett William Sheldon Sr., 81

Everett William Sheldon Sr., 81, of Mountain Home, Arkansas passed away Saturday, November 19, 2011 in the early morning peacefully at Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House.

He was born September 17, 1930 in Waukegan, Illinois and resided on his Grandpa Andersen's farm in Antioch, Illinois where he grew up. Everett enlisted into the Air Force in 1950 in Jerseyville, Illinois and while enlisted, he was trained and positioned as a B29 Tail-Gunner with the 375th Bomb Squad. He flew 21 missions as a Tail-Gunner against enemy positions within the 38th parallel during the Korean War. After 3 years and 5 months of his tour, Polio was diagnosed after numerous unexplained falls and one especially from a flight maintenance platform at an airbase near Atlanta, Georgia.

As a civilian, he learned a personal lesson just how the disease affected his ability to access primary employment environments. He earned his high school diploma and a certificate in television repair with assistance from the GI Bill at Kenosha Technical Institute. During his search of many smaller jobs, he finally landed a stable position with Johnson Outboard Marina in Waukegan, Illinois as a multi-purpose Machinist until his retirement which came ten years later.

Everett and Mary (Matteucci) Sheldon were married on November 20, 1954 at Milburn Congregational Church. He was a life member of the American Legion, Alley White, Post 52 of Mountain Home, Arkansas. Everett was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans of Lake County, Illinois, Chapter 16. Also, he belonged to the Korean War Veterans Association for his time and service as an Honorary Member of Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Over the years, the VFW was, and still is, a very strong supporter of Everett's past war events as well as others like him who served our country.

Everett was an extremely devoted father as well as a very soft and living husband. He always made sure that not only family was part of his life, but all his neighbors no matter where they lived, he was always there to lend a hand.

Everett and Mary moved from Salem, Wisconsin in the year 1992 and relocated to Pontiac, Missouri. This move was a recommendation for Mary's health with breathing and to make a better life for themselves. They later moved again to their current location Mountain Home, Arkansas where they enjoyed may years together and where all their surrounding neighbors were overjoyed by their kindness and warm hearts of love for all who lived near them.

This was a man who not only loved helping his neighbors, but also loved nature, always finding time to read the latest newspaper, or one of his favorites, National Geographic magazine. He also loved taking his second love, Sugar, (his dog) out for daily walks and so he could chit chat with every person he came across during his walk.

Everett is survived by his wife, Mary, of 57 years as of November 20, 2011, his son Everett William (Bill) Sheldon, Jr. of Lake Villa, Illinois, Daughters, Paula Karno of Mountain Home, and Barbara Manhart of Kenosha, Wisconsin and Linda Jean Gilbert of Colorado.

He also has 11 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Violet Feldmen in August and also Rose Mary Exon.

Visitation for Mr. Sheldon will be Noon - 9 PM Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at Roller Funeral Home with the family receiving friends 6-8 PM. A Funeral Mass will be 10AM, Wednesday at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church with Reverend Christopher Okeke, Celebrant. Burial will be in Millburn Cemetery in Antioch, Illinois. Memorial donations may be made to American Legion Post #52. Visit www.rollerfuneralhomes.com for an online guestbook.

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Published in Baxter Bulletin on Nov. 21, 2011
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