John R. “Bob” Sheedy, 94, of Columbus, died at 8:43 p.m. Thursday, August 3, 2017, at Four Seasons Retirement Center.
He was born October 12, 1922, in Rush County, Indiana, the son of Alonzo Thomas and Charlotte Alaelie Inlow Sheedy.
Bob graduated from Manilla High School and earned his bachelor and master’s degrees in history from Indiana University. He attended classes and workshops at various universities including Northwestern, Temple, University of Wyoming and Oxford. In 1960, he received a Fulbright Scholarship to study in South America.
Having been a secondary teacher for 43 years, Bob taught at Mt. Auburn, Huntingburg and Hartford City before he retired after 32 years at Columbus High School and Columbus North High School, where he served as the social studies chair for 24 years. Until the 2007-2008 school year, Bob volunteered at Columbus North High School, Columbus Visitor’s Center as a tour guide and at McDowell Education Center as a tutor for English-as-second-language students.
Bob was honored in 2000, when he was named by Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation as a Hall of Fame teacher. He was a member of NEA, ISTA and Bartholomew County Retired Teachers.
Outside teaching, Bob’s interests included reading, baking, playing the piano, walking and exercising. He played bridge and was a champion in trivia games. He traveled extensively to numerous locations, including, Alaska, Europe several times, North Africa, Kenya, Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, South America, Mexico, and Central America.
Bob was a member of the Unitarian – Universalist Fellowship.
A time of visitation celebrating Bob’s life will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, August 12, 2017, at Four Seasons Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Bulldog Alumni Association, 1400 25th Street, Columbus, IN 47201.
Survivors include his niece, Liza (Ted) Bates of Milton, Indiana; nephew, William Rhoades of Rushville, Indiana; great-nephews, Dustin and Ian Bates of Milton, Indiana; and great-niece, Aubrey Rhoades of Greensburg, Indiana.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, William Inlow Sheedy; and a sister, Annabeth Sheedy Rhoades.
You are invited to view his video tribute, light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the internet.