Richard Sheets

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  • "Rest in peace my friend."
    - Mike Crow
  • "Most kind hearted man and devoted father I every knew...."
    - Chris Heyer
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Richard Monroe Sheets
April 30, 1936 - August 28, 2016
Richard Monroe Sheets was born to Dorothy Hendrix in Collinsville, OK on April 30th, 1936 and 'rode off into the sunset' as he might say, at his home in Nampa, ID on August 28, 2016.
Rich moved with his mom from Oklahoma to Nampa, Idaho when he was 4 years old. She then married Walter Sheets in 1940. The eldest of four children Rich enjoyed playing sports, and was a Cub Scout leader. His love of hunting, fishing and the outdoors began as a young child and continued his whole life. Rich graduated from Nampa Senior High School in 1955.
In November of 1955 Rich enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country as an active duty serviceman from 1955-1970. During that time he served several tours of duty traveling to Germany, Alaska, France and ending with a final tour in Vietnam. After Vietnam he came back to Nampa and went to work at Meridian Wood where he met Beverly Rovig. They married the summer of 1970 and although the marriage only lasted 5 years, by this union Rich became a father of two girls that would forever idolize their 'Daddy'. In 1972 Rich joined the Army National Guard and served as an AST at the Weiser, Nampa, and Caldwell Armories between 1972-1981. He finished his service to his country in the Army National Guard at the Armory in Emmett, Idaho, where he then resided, and was the Training NCO from 1981-1987. Rich also served his local community in Emmett as an EMT, and after his retirement from the National Guard he worked as a glazer at Emmett Valley Glass.
When his girls were little the weekends were for memory making. Any given weekend he'd have the girls out in the Idaho wilderness camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, dirt bike riding, shooting, boating, and sightseeing. He continued this tradition with his grandkids, often taking all four grandchildren up to the hills to enjoy what nature had to offer. Many stories can be shared by his kids and grandkids about all of their grand adventures and funny mishaps. Rich enjoyed many things, but his love of the outdoors was evident in all that he did. His home is decorated with many of his own oil paintings of Idaho mountains or meadow landscapes. His motorcycle, 'The Scarlet Lady', took him and his favorite travel buddy, Joe Ann, all over the Northwest feeling the wind in their faces and enjoying the beauty of their surroundings.. Detours off the beaten path were common when out on one of his scenic drives, you never knew where the dirt road might lead, so he would take it just to find out! Rich also enjoyed playing cards with his favorite people, reading, and learning to play his guitar.
He is survived by the love of his life and long time companion Joe Ann Bingham, two daughters that have "Daddy" sized holes in their hearts and miss him everyday Trina (Dion) Connell and Heather (Mark) Wisenor, his brother and best friend Les (Sandy) Sheets, his brother and favorite pen-pal Mick (Lydia) Sheets, doting baby sister Wanda (Jerry) Martin, four grandchildren that were lucky enough to call him Grampa; Connor Sheets, Devin Hawthorne, Aliah Hawthorne, and Kennedy Sheets, his Aunt Chris and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Dorothy Sheets.
His daughters would like to thank all of the family and friends that so lovingly provided their support and company the last two weeks of Daddy's life and also Legacy/Compassus Hospice for their tender care. He left this world on his own terms and so peacefully, we couldn't have asked for anything more.
A memorial service will be held at the First Christian Church in Nampa, ID at 11 am on Saturday September 3rd. A meal will immediately follow the service in the Fellowship Hall at the church.
A donation to the or could be made in his honor.

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Cremation Society of Idaho
5541 West Overland Road
Boise, ID 83705
(208) 322-3590
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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Sept. 1, 2016
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