Vinton C. Sheffield Sr.
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SHEFFIELD, SR., VINTON C. Matthew 5:4 "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." Vinton departed this life on December 31, 2003 in Whittier, CA. He was born on Labor Day, September 7, 1936, in West Point, TX and spent his formative years in Ferris, TX. He attended Spence Junior High School and graduated from North Dallas High School in 1954, where he was a member of the football team. His first "real" job was with George L. Dahl Architects & Engineers. He went to work for Kraft Foods of Garland in 1959 and eventually moved to California in 1971 to work at Kraft there. He retired from Kraft in 1998. Vinton joined the Marine Corps Reserve in 1954 where he attained the rank of E4. He was awarded the Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, which was the highest medal a peacetime reservist could receive. He was honorably discharged in 1962. He was so proud to be a Marine! After Vinton retired, he enjoyed doing volunteer work with the Sheriffs Dept. and one of the area hospitals. He was on the Board of his local Homeowner's Association. He loved doing genealogy and has extensive information on his family. He made many special friendships from this endeavor. He is survived by his three daughters, Debra Baker of Mesquite, TX, Belinda Stewart of Plano, TX, "Charlie" De Mauro and her husband, Randy De Mauro of Nevada, TX; one son, Vinton (Rusty) Sheffield, Jr. of Wylie, TX; two grandchildren, Lorna Bradford and her husband Chris of Wylie, TX, and Russell Baker of Mesquite, TX; one great-grandchild, his precious Garrett Bradford of Wylie, TX; one sister, Myra Bruinekool of Pella, IA; one brother, Jim Sheffield and his wife Pam of San Antonio, TX; former wife, friend and mother of his 4 children, Carol Donihoo Sheffield of Plano, TX; special friends, Bruce Donihoo of Wills Point, TX, Jim and Myrtle Heartfield of Stevenage, England, Monroe and Susie Vaughn of Whittier, CA, and Evangeline Eriksen of Pomona, CA; many beloved nieces and nephews and other family and a host of friends. The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., Friday, January 9, 2004 at Charles W. Smith & Sons Funeral Home. Services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, January 10, 2004 at Charles W. Smith & Sons Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend John Thornton officiating. Interment to follow in Sachse Cemetery. CHARLES W. SMITH & SONS FUNERAL HOME 5th Street @ Hwy 78 Sachse, Texas 75048 (972) 414-5050

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Published in Dallas Morning News from Jan. 7 to Jan. 9, 2004.
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Dad, it will be 10 years tomorrow since you left us. I cannot believe it has been that long ago. So much has changed but not the hurt in my heart. My special time is in the morning as I drive to work. I change the radio station to the 60's and sing along to the songs that remind me of the days when you were in our lives. I love that time in the morning so much. I miss you, Dad. So much, that it hurts deep into my soul. Someday when we meet up yonder....per Willie Nelson... I hope he is right.
Charlie DeMauro
August 23, 2011
As your 75th birthday approaches, I am hoping you and Mom will celebrate your birthdays together this year. I miss you Dad. I miss Mom too. Garrett is 8 now and in third grade and Sydney is 2 1/2. They are both so very awesome. You would be so proud. I miss you both so very much. Love you both, Charlie
Charlene DeMauro
September 12, 2009
I still miss you dearly and wish you could be here to see your second great grandchild- little Miss Sydney Juanelle. You would be so very proud of her and of her brother Garrett. He is 6 years old now and one wonderful young fella. I know you are watching over us. I think of you every day. Love to you always. Happy 73rd Birthday on September 7, 2009.
Charlie DeMauro
July 14, 2008
I didn't know Vinton...but I am a King family researcher. Is there any way you could share the genealogy with me? I had contact him through Genforum and he didn't respond. I guess he was not feeling well. He had stated he had pictures of the Peter Boone King family...Eleck King, etc. My husband is directly decended from him. Thank you so much.
Johnnie Griffin
February 1, 2005
My Dear Vinton,

Its been more than a year and I still miss you. I often think about you and the thoughts always bring a smile to my face. Though we never met face to face, your friendship meant alot to me. I miss your kinds words and our conversations. You were a shining light in my life, with your quick wit making even the dullest day brighten. Not too many people can touch a life the way you have. You are loved by many, including those of us who only knew you through email. Until we finally meet face to face.
Lisa Landrum
June 15, 2004
Well, Dad, Father's day nears and it is so sad not to be buying you a card. I just wanted you to know that I love and miss you so very much. You have a great Father's Day. You can now spend it with Pappy. I'll hear you in my mind, feel you in my heart and see you in my dreams. Love you Dad, Charlie
Charlie DeMauro
February 18, 2004
Hello, Vinton, old friend. You have been my favorite correspondent since we talked about our Sheffield ancestors over the 'phone so long ago, well before we knew anything about computers and email. So sorry we never met face-to-face, but I know we will someday. Guess you're relishing knowing all the missing links that we earth-bound genealogists are searching for and guessing about!
We all miss you and your kind words and deeds.
Tom Sheffield
February 12, 2004
I knew Vinton as an underclassman and football player at North Dallas Hi in the '50s. I regret l wasn't able to travel from Mexico for his Memorial. My sincerest condolences to his loving family and frends
Bill Swann '52
February 7, 2004
Vinton Cleon was my brother-in-law for almost 20 years. He was such a comfort to talk with about acommplishments and challenges. He always closed Jim and my weekly telephone conversations with "Love You".

The few times we travled on vactions together were always memorable. Like the time we went to West Texas in the small town of Ft. Davis and a Dr. wife, a gallery owner and a county judge all did exceptional favors for Vinton to help on his geaneolgy research. And the dedication on finding a great grandmother's grave site around Groesbeck, Texas and discovering Dr. Pepper made with the original recipe with cane sugar.

Vinton will always be with us in the things he said to us, the advice and help he gave. We will continue to think of him and love him always.

Palmira (Pam) Sheffield
palmira (pam) sheffield
February 6, 2004
Thank you everyone for the kind and thoughtful words expressed about Dad. They mean so very much to all of us. He is a wonderful man and all of these comments confirm this. God bless each of us and be with us all the days to come. Love to all of you.
Charlie DeMauro
February 6, 2004
Vinton was a wonderful man, the most helpful and friendly person when we moved into our Whittier home. We would always meet up on weekends when we would walk around the neighborhood at the same time. I am so sorry to the Sheffield family. To lose him so suddenly is a shock and very painful. You all will be in my families prayers
Todd, Lori, Spencer & Parker Robillard
February 6, 2004
From the first time I met Uncle Vinton, he was a favorite, and I always looked forward to the times when we would get to see him. I loved his sense of humor and his overall outlook on life. In the past few years I am especially grateful that he was able to make a couple of trips to Pella and also that through e-mail I was able to get to know him better. I enjoyed his stories, like the saga about working at the Democratic National Convention a few years ago and his adventures while testing the Segway in LA. I admired all of the volunteer work that he did and his commitment to it. Most of all I appreciated how obvious it was that he cared so much about his family. His relentless interest in researching family history was indicative of that. I learned a lot from him about the Sheffield family. The knowledge he shared with us about the family is a great gift, one that I treasure even more now that he is gone.

On a more personal level, the thing I miss most about Uncle Vinton already are the short, sweet notes he would send periodically and the other thoughtful, caring things he would do just out of the blue. If I sent him a card or something he especially liked, he always made sure to send a note back. The last gesture from him toward my family was appreciated as well. We all know how he felt about the military and the people who served in it. My dad is in the National Guard and his unit was activated last year. He has been away from home for almost a year now. Because of that, when my grandmother (his sister Myra) received her traditional See's candy this year for Christmas, Uncle Vinton had made sure to put in an extra box for my mom. These little things are the things I am going to miss the most.

I am so glad for Uncle Vinton's children and grandchildren that they have had the opportunity to see just how many lives he touched in such a special way. It's good for the rest of us, too, to see that we are not alone in feeling lonely without him. I will always smile when I think of him, and I am thankful to have known him.
Jonyl Burney
February 5, 2004
Vinton -- I only had the priveldge of knowing you for a short time, but in that short time I learned much about you. Over a great bottle of wine that you brought in from California, Barefoot, White Zinfandel, we talked about life, decisions, accomplishments, regrets. In that short time I learned that everything you did in your life was done so that one day you could pass a legacy on to your children. You taught them to work hard, the value of a dollar, and most of all the true value of a loving family, which you admitted was discovered late in you own life.

As I was walking out the door you gave me a hug and told me "Take Care of My Son". Well, Vinton, that is a promise that I will keep for the rest of my life.

To Debra, Belinda, Charlie & Rusty --I pray that with each passing day your sorrow lessens and you can reflect on the good times spent with your Dad.
Cheryl Seidel
February 5, 2004
Just wanted to thank everyone for taking the time to write such lovely sentiments about my daddy. It was so heart-warming to read all of these and to see all the various places these came from. It is so amazing to think he touched the lives of so many, far and wide!!! Again, thank you to one and all. This will make such a lovely keepsake!
Belinda Stewart
February 4, 2004
I can only echo the condolences which have already been so warmly expressed, as I am one of those e-mail cousins who was honored to claim kinship to Vinton, but never got to know him, nor his reputed humor, in person. Perhaps now he can smile at this unlikely twist: I was uprooted from north Florida over 40 years ago and have lived mostly in and around Munich, Germany since marrying my college sweetheart, a German grad student. As the guestbook provides only for North American addresses, I am inventing "Seefeld, Florida." Yes, Vinton, you know how I hated for genealogists to conjure up "facts," but you are well taken care of now, in a place where such things no longer matter! As ever, Deloyce
Deloyce Conrad
February 3, 2004
Vinton & Dennis worked together at Kraft Foods, in Buena Park, CA. Then Vinton asked us to go to the horse races at Santa Anita to see John Henry race. Well Dennis and Cheryl enjoyed that and went many time afterwards. We all decided to go for a big race and Vinton wanted to drive, however; Dennis wanted to take a bus up, since there was going to be much traffic. Well the bus stalled and we were all late for the "daily double" and they had picked the winners.

We have always called for the past years around Christmas to wish Vinton, Happy Holidays and this year we didn't get around to it. However; we had sent a card and emailed prior.

A year ago Vinton and Cheryl were talking genealogy. Vinton volunteered to go over to the Cemetery in Fullerton, CA to photograph tombstones of Cheryl's family and email back to us. Cheryl has entered those listed in findagrave under the Loma Vista Cemetery, in Fullerton, CA and added that the pictures were courtesy of Vinton Sheffield. What a wonderful person to do that.
We also talked about the DNA testing that is going on for his family name.

We will miss the wonderful and witty emails from a great person.
Dennis & Cheryl Behrend
January 27, 2004
Vinton and I became friends at Kraft Foods, Buena Park, CA. A few days after Christmas we had a long telephone conversation. He was well and looking forward to the new year. Vinton may have lived in California, but his heart was in Texas. He shared with me the love he had for his family and friends. The only reason he didn't go home for Christmas was because of the weather uncertainty at that time of year. We had a lot of laughs about our mutual Kraft friends. Vinton's retirement was filled by helping others by doing volunteer work, and spending an endless amount of time on genealogy, and enjoying it immensely. I asked him what he would do if he found a skeleton in the closet, and he assured me there isn't any. Vinton fulfilled many of his hopes and dreams, and I know that he would want all of us to do the same. Treasure the everlasting memories, and be greatful that he passed through your life.
Charlotte Etheridge
January 26, 2004
I remeber a 17-18 year old teammate from 50 years ago. He was a good football and friend. We fought some during practice when one would get the best of the other but after practice it was friends again.You sons and daughters and fellow workers would have loved this boy as much as you loved the man.Try to emagine his grin after he trap blocked you out of your cleets.I remember!!! Earl
Earl Farley
January 24, 2004
The first time I saw Vint, he had four children squeesed into his Volkswagen.
That was many years ago on Krafts parking lot in Garland Tx.
We became friends,enjoyed each others company.
Transfered to Buena park Ca.
Vint folowed...
We still comunicated when Itransfered to Europe and after our retirement to Las Vegas, Vint came to see us.
Two days before Vint passed away we exchanged e-mails...
He maybe gone,but he always be remembered as a good friend,and has a warm spot in our hearts
Chiqui and AL
alfons judovits
January 24, 2004
I met Vinton over fifty years ago in High School. He had a soft-spoken manner about him and a subtle sense of humor. Over the years, it seems that never changed. Not a man of many words but what he said was generally very wise or very "witty." I lost touch with him for many years but renewed that friendship at our 40th & 45th Class Reunion. Vinton had many friends but he made each of them feel special and like they were the most important friend he had. I had not been in contact with him for the last several months other than by email. I had this intuitive feeling I needed to call him when I was in northern California for the birth of my first grandson 12/4/03. I decided to wait until after the first of the year. This was a lesson learned hard. If that knawing feeling inside you tells you to "act", don't wait. It was too late to wish him a happy new year, 2004 and to share my joy over my precious new little grandson, Max. His children indicated that he was planning on moving back to Texas in the near future. I admire his children and relatives in their unselfish way of understanding that it wasn't that he didn't want to be near his family and friends he missed so much but that he truly loved southern California and it's wonderful climate. When he came to Texas this past November, he brought back a bottle of wine that he asked his son to keep so that he could share it with me. I never knew about this until his funeral. This wine that I now have in my possession is the bottle of wine I sent him in 1996 congratulating him on his retirement. Vinton always encouraged me to be all that I can be and to never give up. He was concerned that I would not retire as soon as I could. His spirit is telling me it's time for me to take that next step in my life. Yes, Vinton, I will toast you when I have that bottle of wine, some time this 2004! Through these difficult days of accepting your leaving this earthly place, it gave me the opportunity to get to know your family, friends and those you held dear. I thank you for this. My heartfelt sympathy to your loved ones in their loss. I can just see you up in heaven smiling down on all of us...feeling very shy and in humble disbelief that so many loved you and will miss you very much.

Until then -
Paula (Vickery) Casey
January 23, 2004
Vinton was a good friend. He recently was working hard to find his fellow classmates for the North Dallas High School 50th reunion in 2004. He was at the first meeting with a few classmates to help organize the reunion. Twelve of his classmates from 50 years before attended his funeral. Vinton will be remembered and missed. Growing up in the '50's was special and he was special too.
Bill Travis
January 22, 2004
Farewell, dear friend. Your presence here will leave a void in all the lives that you touched. Wish I'd had the opportunity to know you better.

My deepest sympathy to the Shefflield family. Vinton was a very special man and I'm so happy that I had a chance to have him as a friend.
Anna Frazier Uecker
January 22, 2004
Dearest Brother
This is so unbelieveable and shock that Vinton is gone.Always looking for his calls and mail. He had his faults just like everyone else,but you could not help but love him.His dry humor and witty jokes were his way. I thought he would have a longer life ahead of him.
He was so proud of Garrett and looked forward to seeing him grow.
He always lived a distants from me and did not see him as often as I would have liked too.I did cherish the times I did have with him.We had good times,the trips and vists I had with him.Always remember those.He knew I loved him very much and always will and hope to see him again some day.
Myra Bruinekool sister
January 22, 2004
How remarkable it is that someone can touch so many lives and mean so much to others without meeting them face to face. Genealogy has a way of bringing people together, bridging great distances and making friends and family of us all. I too had not met Vinton, but grew to know him through my family research. I considered him to be the "go to guy" for Sheffield family history, something which I did frequently. He was always there to help when needed. After reading what others have written here, I get a sense that Vinton was this way with everyone, regardless if he had actually met them personally or not. I can see that he touched so many, as he has touched me. My only regret is that I didn't meet him personally, or sooner. My deepest sympathy to the Sheffield family for their loss...
Darrell Roberts
January 22, 2004
Dear Vinton:
I truly think that messages from the heart can be heard by those above, and while I did not have the pleasure of knowing you for as long as most, I thoroughly enjoyed the times we corresponded regarding our shared family history. Always cordial, genial, and willing to help, it was indeed a pleasure working with you! I will look forward to meeting you face to face one day, as I know we will. I know that you are in a far, far better place, and I guess we'll finally get answers to all of our genealogy questions, once and for all, in the sweet by and by.
Until then,
Lou Sams
January 21, 2004
I had only a short time to know Vinton. We were united through learning that my husband, Walter, and he were DNA matches in the Sheffield family tree study and, thus, cousins. In our few exchanges I could tell he had a gentle manner and keen mind, and we miss growing in our new found "cousinhood". It would have been such pleasure. Walt and I send our sincerest sympathies to Vinton's immediate family, our extended family.
Sarah Sheffield
Sarah Sheffield
January 21, 2004
I went to North Dallas High School with Vinton. He played football, while I cheered him and our team on as one of the cheerleaders. I had lost touch with him for many years, but had been in email contact occasionally over the last couple of years. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Jeanne Stern Laurie
January 21, 2004
Vinton always had a answer to everyone's guestion's on the Yahoo! message board. He was a great help to me, researching my Sheffield family. He will be missed.
Barbara Sheffield Hicks
Barbara Hicks Sheffield
January 21, 2004
The Sheffield research family has lost an important member. We all thank him for his additions to the knowledge base of our family history that we now enjoy. The world is a smaller place because of his passing.
Gary Adams
January 20, 2004
January 20, 2004
January 20, 2004
First of all, I would like to thank all of the people that have touched my life since my daddy passed away. I am forever thankful for all of you. He was a great dad and I miss him so VERY much. He would never call me Charlie, because he didn't have a boy! and he would always sign a card to me with, "To my Favorite Redhead". I would always remind him that I was his only Redhead! I love you, Dad.
Charlene (Charlie) DeMauro
January 20, 2004
I never had the pleasure to meet Vinton other than by e-mail. He was so kind to keep me on track to my ancestors. He always answered my e-mails and never made me feel as if I was a bother. To his family and friends I extend my deepest sympathys. I will miss him.
Judy Stewart
January 20, 2004
My deepest sympathies to Vinton's family and friends. It was with great sadness that I learned of his passing. Words cannot express how much I adored him. While researching our Sheffield and Roberts lines over the years, I came to think of Vinton as family. He was always so kind and generous and I so enjoyed our conversations. He was an exceptional person as his quick wit and gentle nature made him stand out in a world where those qualities are now so rare. I know that there is a great void in my life and I miss him terribly. I will always remember him as someone who really touched my life and made it better.
Lisa Landrum
January 20, 2004
Vinton, my email buddy and pal I miss you so much! I know you were well loved by all those you came in contact with, leaving each of us to feel special. Goodby until the time we shall all meet again in the Great By and By....Kathy
Katherine Torkelson
January 20, 2004
Met Vinton by way of e-mail while he was searching for his Simmons family. Vinton came to Tennessee a couple of years ago and it was my pleasure to show him the Simmons cemetery we had restored. It was a pleasure to have met him and to know him as a cousin. I will miss the frequent e-mails.
Duncan Weddington
January 20, 2004
My sincere heartfelt sympathy to Vinton's family and friends. He was always kind, considerate and generous when sharing research with everyone. A patriotic man who loved his family, friends and his country.
Iva Rutledge
January 20, 2004
In the past few years Vinton and I had some wonderful conversations on the telephone about family and family genealogy...or just about life in general. You will be greatly missed! Vinton, tell Daddy I love him and miss him so terribly, tell Uncle Percy and Uncle C.C. hello and I love them too...when you meet with them again in heaven! Kisses!
Brenda G. Sheffield Nording
January 20, 2004
To Vinton's family and friends I extent my sympathy and condolences. Doris West, a King descendant, introduced me to Vinton through email. We shared our King lineage. Several years ago I was privileged to meet his brother in San Antonio, and really felt like I also, knew Vinton.
Jean King Sitterle
January 19, 2004
I never really knew uncle Vinton like we all would have liked to. But the way dad talks about him he was a really special and wonderful man. I had time to spend with him at tulip time a few years back and i enjoyed every minute of it. I enjoyed reading every email uncle vinton sent to me, now my email is pretty empty. Your thoughts and prayers are in our hearts.
Jason Burney
January 19, 2004
Well, what can I say my dearest friend. You cannot imagine how very much I miss you! You were always so good to me and hopefully you knew how much I appreciated everything. Memories of our 33 years together fill my heart with much laughter and love. I am glad that you let me be the one to find you after you left for your latest adventure. It was your way of letting me know that I had nothing to fear; you would be there to greet me when it becomes my turn. Thank you for letting me share your life and for keeping me in where you did not let others. I will always love you, pumpkin.
Evangeline Eriksen
January 18, 2004
I sure didn't think Granddad would be gone from my life this soon. I was so looking forward to my son, Garrett, getting to enjoy a relationship with him. I imagined that we would be seeing more of him now and even wondered if he would end up moving back to Texas. I am thankful for the time we had with him and will be sure to tell Garrett all about him as he gets older.
Lorna Bradford
January 18, 2004
Vinton, Although we only knew for a few short years, you became an important part of our lives. You were a very special person to us, especially to Rebecca. You have left a huge hole in our hearts that will remain forever. Our wish is peace and comfort for the wonderful family you have left behind. We will meet you someday--until then farewell our friend.
Billy, Jean & Rebecca Whittamore
January 18, 2004
Sadly, I never knew Uncle Vinton as well as I would have liked to growing up. Too many miles and too little time were always in the way I guess. The advent of email was a godsend to all of us who enjoyed his special outlook on life. What I do know is that he was a very kind, intelligent, happy, giving, and positive man that people gravitated to. He will always be in our hearts. My condolences are with the family and I apologize for not being able to be there.
Rusty Burney
January 17, 2004
It was a great shock to learn of Vinton's sudden death since it had been just a few days since his last e-mail. There were a number of years we had not kept in touch but I am very thankful that for the last several years we had been in constant touch. I shall miss him as a fellow researcher and receiver of his many jokes, quotations, etc.
I regret that I was out of the country and unable to attend his funeral. My love and prayers go out to his family. I hope we might keep in touch and not lose the bond of family. I will miss him very much.
Love, Celeste
Celeste Shoemaker
January 16, 2004
I will really miss Vinton. He was a great person. I only met him by e-mail and talking on the phone. I never got to meet him in person, but in long run we will meet someday in Heaven. I hope not soon but I will miss hearing his voice and getting e-mails from him. I will cherish every moment I had with him even if it was just a short time.
Rebecca Whittamore
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