James C. "Pete" Sheldon, 79, of Greencastle, Ind. passed away on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.
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Jim was born on August 18, 1934 in Jasper County to James Jacob Sheldon and Ruth Audrey Hendrixson Sheldon.
He was a graduate of Remington High School and received his bachelor of science degree in animal husbandry from Purdue University. He served his country in the Indiana National Guard.
Jim was a member of the Putnamville United Methodist Church. He was very active in his community through 4-H, agriculture and served as the Washington Township Trustee for 19 years.
A longtime farmer in Putnam County, Jim served as 4-H leader of the Reelsville Plow Boys (RPB's) for 42 years, served on the Putnam County Extension Board and Fair Board, was Superintendent of thw Swine Barn for seven years, Co-Superintendent of the Community Building for over 30 years, received the FFA Blue and Gold Award from South Putnam FFA, was an Honorary FFA Chapter Farmer, was a Putnam County Friend of the Extension, and was the Putnam County Ag Hall of Fame Friend of teh Farmer in 1997.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert Sheldon; and two brothers-in-law, Ralph Hutchinson and John Smith.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Patricia S. "Pat" Sheldon; two sons, Ernest J. Sheldon and wife, Christina L. Sheldon of Reelsville and Edward J. Sheldon and wife Stephanie A. Sheldon of Roachdale; a sister, Patricia Hutchinson of Kentland; an aunt, Kate DeWees of Rensselaer; three sisters-in-law, Alice Sheldon of Remington, Maryanne England and husband Dan of Lafayette, and Barbara Lawson and husband Ed of Wolcott; four grandchildren, Valerie Haddon and husband Justin, Kristi Kennedy and husband Matthew, Trevor Sheldon, and Brant Sheldon; one great-grandson, Parker Haddon; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, Sept. 2, at 10 am. at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Matthews officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday, Sept. 1, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Putnam County Fairgrounds Community Building air conditioning fund care of First National Bank.
Condolences and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.Hopkins-Rector.com.
Published in the Rensselaer Republican on Aug. 30, 2013