Joseph Edwin "Joe" Sheeks
1917 - 2014
Parent-Sorensen Mortuary-Sebastopol - Sebastopol
301 South Main Street
Sebastopol, CA
Joseph "Joe" Edwin Sheeks, age 96, of Petaluma, California, entered heaven on Friday, January 10, 2014.
Born on October 6, 1917, Joe was raised in Valparaiso, Indiana. He earned degrees from Purdue University and University of Chicago Law School. During World War II, he served as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy and was a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Following the war, he practiced law for over 50 years. In the 1960's he held the post of Mayor of Mill Valley and was a director for the Golden Gate Bridge District. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Association of California Hospital Districts.
Joe was a committed Christian who enjoyed reading, particularly the works of C.S. Lewis, and regularly read aloud to his family. He appreciated music and played the organ. He traveled the world and relished fine dining and meaningful conversations. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a great love for language.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Burney, his children; Jay, Jennie, Paul, his stepchildren Ashley, Windsor, 16 loving grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Calvary Chapel Petaluma, 1955 South McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma, California. Burial will be at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, Dixon, California.
Family assisted by PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Petaluma.
Published by Petaluma Argus-Courier from Jan. 16 to Feb. 15, 2014.
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Burnie you are in our prayers.

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Eddi G
January 20, 2014
Burney, I was so sad to read about your husband, but what a life he experienced. His life's story reads like a history book. I send you my best, and hope that this note finds you in good health. Miss our chats over your lovely cloths... Thinking of you today. Kathleen Leoni
January 18, 2014
Burney, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I think of you often and will always remember your kindness, generosity, and friendship.
Linda Press
January 17, 2014
Sending my thoughts and prayers to all of the family.
Debbie Flora
January 17, 2014
This message is for Mr. Sheeks's family - when I read his name in the paper the other day, it rang a bell, and I remembered my father, RADM Grant Calhoun (who practiced law in Richmond, California), speaking often and highly of Mr. Sheeks - they were both in the Navy, and both involved with hospital districts for many years. Although we perhaps never met, I clearly recall hearing good things about Joe Sheeks, and I wanted to let you know that his productive and honorable career and community contributions extend beyond his lifetime. I offer my sincere condolences for your loss.
Marsha Calhoun
January 16, 2014
Joe, you will be missed by all who knew you. Your legacy is strong, and the love you shared will continue to touch people for generations. God Bless you! >
January 15, 2014
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