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Obituary: Lenord R. Sheldon Sr., Columbus

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Lenord R. Sheldon Sr., 80, of Columbus, passed away at 2:35 a.m. Sunday, December 8, 2013, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.

He was born in Knightstown, Indiana, February 19, 1933, to Wilbur and Elnora Sheldon. The family moved to Columbus in 1939 and Mr. Sheldon graduated from Columbus High School in 1951.

He married Nancy Jean Kamke March 14, 1953. She preceded him in death January 10, 2003.

Survivors include his son, Lenord "Ray" Sheldon Jr. (Beth); his daughter, Barbara J. Hewitt (Stephen); grandchildren, Holly M. Brown (Darrin), Allyson M. Loper (Caleb), Jennifer L. Hohnstreiter (Matthew), and Jonathan Rager Sheldon; and two great-grandchildren, Megan Maddalynn Hohnstreiter and Nathaniel Logan Hohnstreiter.

Mr. Sheldon is also survived by two sisters, June Thornburg (Joe) and Dorothy Parrigin (Albert), and several nephews and nieces. He was also preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Sheldon was in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 and was honorably discharged as a sergeant. He worked at Vernco for 2 years, and Omar Bakery for 7 years. During the latter part of his employment at Omar, he also attended Indianapolis Barber College. After graduating, he worked at Bob’s Barber Shop for 13 years. He then started his own business in paint and wallpaper application, and was the sole proprietor of that business for 30 years, retiring in 2011.

He was a member of Sandy Hook United Methodist Church and the Joy Sunday school class, and was a trained Stephen Minister. He was  secretary of the Breakfast Optimist Club in the 1960s, worked with the Housing Partnership program, and was treasurer of the Bible Study Fellowship for 20 plus years.

Mr. Sheldon was a member of the Brush Creek Gang, a group of nine who met at the East Columbus United Methodist Church in the early 1950s and have maintained their friendship from that base for over 60 years. He was a member of the UHL collector’s society from 1987 to present.

He enjoyed going to estate and property auctions as well as automobile auctions, attending any functions that involved his family, gardening, and fishing with his brother-in-law from Wisconsin. He enjoyed watching NASCAR races, and particularly in the summers after losing his wife of almost 50 years, tinkered in the garage next to the home he moved to after her passing, frequently selling the items he repaired.

The funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at Barkes, Weaver and Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street with the Rev. Marcus Speer officiating. Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery. Full military honors will be presented by the Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions can be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Online condolences may be sent to Mr. Sheldon's family and a video tribute may be viewed at

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