DELBERT E. SHEADS "Bill"
Died peacefully at home on April 10, 2017 at the age of 93. A lifelong resident of Burke, VA, Bill was the husband of the late Doris Sheads. He is survived by his sons Don (Jackie) of Murrells Inlet, SC and Dale (Sharon) of Fairfax, VA, grandchildren Mike, Jeff (Christine) and Scott. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Thomas, Ian, Annabelle and Juliette, and numerous nieces and nephews. During World War II he was a member of the US Army 113th Mechanized Cavalry in Europe. He worked 35 years for the Virginia Department of Forestry serving Fairfax County and Northern Virginia. Bill was actively involved in many organizations including being a charter member of VFW Post #8469, a member of American Legion Post #177, a volunteer for many years for the Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department including volunteer chief (1954-1962), a Lifelong Member of the Freemasons of Virginia at Henry Lodge #57 (Grand Master 1977) and a charter member of the Burke Historical Society. He also worked with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department as a training instructor and was instrumental in the development of the Fire Training Academy. Turkey hunting and fishing with his father, sons and friends occupied his spare time. Bill was known far and wide and always said his acquaintances numbered in the thousands. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department, www.Fairfaxvfd.com
or VFW Post #8469, 5703 Vogue Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039. Visitation Thursday, April 13, 2017 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Service on Friday at 1 pm at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22032. Interment at Fairfax Memorial Park.www.fmfh.com
Published by The Washington Post on Apr. 13, 2017.