John Curtis Sheldon, 86

Published 11:03 am Monday, February 13, 2012

Funeral services for John Sheldon will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Laura Fladten officiating. Burial will be in the Dr. Martin Luther Cemetery rural Spring Valley. Friends may call at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday. Visitation will continue on Tuesday for one hour before the service at the church.

John Sheldon

John Sheldon, 86, of Spring Valley died Saturday February 11, 2012 at Seasons Hospice in Rochester where he had resided for a short time.

John Curtis Sheldon was born March 31, 1925, in Spring Valley, Minn., to Warren and Helen (Richardson) Sheldon. He attended school and graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1943. He joined the Army in May of 1945 and was discharged in April of 1946. On Sept. 5, 1947, he was united in marriage to Elaine Schulz at the Dr Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Rural Spring Valley. John farmed in the Spring Valley area and ran a can and bulk milk rout for many years. He also drove truck for the Hanna Mines and filled in as a school bus driver for the Spring Valley School District. John served on the church council for Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and was a member of the Spring Valley School Board serving as its president for a number of terms. While on the school board, he was able to present five of his children with their diplomas. John was a member of the Rochester Male Chorus, was a charter member of the Root River Revelers, was part of the Spring Valley Quartet and also sang in the church choir. He also enjoyed woodworking and loved restoring his Ford tractors.

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John is survived by his wife, Elaine Sheldon of Spring Valley; children; Susan (Ronald) Capelle of Rochester, Steve “Weebs” (Brenda) Sheldon, Kathy Caldbeck, and Charlie (Deborah) Sheldon all of Spring Valley, Barb (Mark) Sullivan of Amherst, Ohio, Jon Phillip “Phill” (Cyndi) Sheldon of Spring Valley and Tom (Ann) Sheldon of Lino Lakes, Minn., 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one brother Jim (Barbara) Sheldon of Palm Harbor, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Richard and his wife, Barbara, and Edward and his wife, Deloris, and a niece, Joyce.

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