John M. Sheffield, 77

John M. Sheffield, 77, Swayzee, died at 2:09 a.m. on Monday, September 12, 2016, at Century Villa Health Care in Greentown. 

He was born in Wabash to the late Don and Emily (Smith) Sheffield.  On May 17, 1962, John married Janice Daugherty, and she survives.

At the age of 18, John began farming.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from 1962-64.  Following his military service, he and his wife established their home and continued his passion of farming up until 1998.  John also worked at Chrysler as a production inspector for 35 years. 

John loved people, and he could talk to anyone.  He never knew a stranger.  He held his church membership at Swayzee Church of the Nazarene.  Being a Christian, John was a firm believer of “The Golden Rule”, and a hand shake was a man’s word. 

Other interests of John included bird dogs, fox hounds, English Pointers, and coyote hunting.  He regularly donated to the Coyotes for Cancer Charity.  He was a passionate hunter and houndsman, and he loved listening to the music of the hounds. 

John was a huge Bobby Knight and IU fan, and he loved to watch westerns, the Indianapolis Colts, and RFD.  Although all of these things described who John was, his family would want others to know that his greatest passion in life was his relationship with the Lord and his family.  He dearly loved them, and he will be greatly missed.

Survivors include Janice, his wife of 54 years; children, Jennifer (Scott) McKinney, Swayzee, and Clint (Lindsay Baker) Sheffield, Swayzee; grandchildren, Seth McKinney, Jeremiah McKinney, Kade Sheffield, and Madeline Sheffield; sisters-in-law, Carolyn Johnson, Swayzee, and Debbie (Xen) McCord, Rigdon; brother-in-law, Doug Carmichael, Swayzee; lifelong friend, Irvin Andry, Greentown; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Don (Emily) Sheffield; son, Douglas Matthew Sheffield; sister-in-law, Delona Carmichael; mother-in-law, Addis Daugherty; and father-in-law, Matthew Daugherty.

Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, at Swayzee Church of the Nazarene, 2560 S. 800 W., Swayzee.  Services will begin at 2 p.m. with Pastor Richard Runyan officiating.  Burial will follow in Thrailkill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Cancer Services of Grant County, Tower Suites, 305 S. Norton Ave., Marion, IN 46952. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, Rybolt Chapel, 314 N. Washington St., Swayzee.

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Posted on 2016 Sep 15