John C. E. Sheldon, 64 years of age and a longtime Montesano, Wash., resident died on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Providence Saint Peter Hospital in Olympia, Wash. John was born on Sept. 9, 1949, in Mason City, Iowa, to Caryle Eugene and Amy Lou (Cary) Sheldon.
John was raised and attended school in Iowa, graduating from Mason City High School in 1967. While in school he was a member of the debate team.
He attended NIACC for a year and then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving for four years. Following his honorable discharge he returned to Mason City. He worked for the AMPIA creamery and then as a letter carrier for the Post Office.
John returned to college, attending the University of Northern Iowa where he studied accounting and also attended a ministry college for a brief time.
From 1975 to 1977 he ran his father’s investment company. He then moved to Montesano, Wash., where he had since resided.
He was employed by the Grays Harbor County Engineering Department. He especially enjoyed the land surveying portion that allowed him to be out-of-doors. He retired from the county when he was 62.
He was a member of the chess club in Montesano, enjoyed computer work and music. He was involved in writing a computer chess program and a book on the same subject.
John Sheldon is survived by a brother, Jim Sheldon (Mary) of Montesano; his sisters, Sally Sheldon of Aberdeen, Jan Blankenship of Forks, Cathy Kelley of Elk Mound, Wis., Patricia Sheldon of Weaubleau, Mo., and Jo Stephens of Chattanooga, Tenn.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his father, his mother and his nephew, U.S. Air Force S/Sgt Tim Davis, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, at the Coleman Mortuary Chapel in Hoquiam with Paul Hermansen officiating.
Concluding services and interment will follow in the Wynoochee Cemetery in Montesano, Wash.
Direction is by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 5th Street in Hoquiam, Wash.
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