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.