YOUNGSTOWN -- Bill Sheldon, 61, died Wednesday morning, Oct. 22, 2014.
He was born in 1953, in Youngstown, the son of William and Marie Steele Sheldon.
Bill had worked as a press operator for G.F. for 20 years. He recently worked as a custodian for Austintown Schools for 20 years, where he was affectionately known as ''Mr. Bill.''
Bill was an avid outdoorsman and a die-hard Cleveland Browns fan. He also liked the Pittsburgh Pirates, Ohio State and NASCAR racing. He had attended many games and races in his lifetime.
Bill enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and never complained about anyone or anything.
He was a loving, caring and strong-willed family man. He never passed up a chance to spend time with them. He most recently traveled to Florida, where you could find him in the early morning hours fishing in the ocean, trying for the ''huge'' catch of the day. He also got to travel out west to the casinos of Las Vegas.
He was especially happy when the Browns won the last game that they played against the Steelers.
How do you sum up such a wonderful man's life in a few paragraphs? Devoted family man, unique, a loving husband, brother, grandpa (Papa), father, uncle, caring, funny, green thumb, cook, baker, soup maker, animal lover, traveler, strong, determined, a ray of sunshine, faithful, provider, fisherman, hunter, friend to many and an unlucky gambler (ha-ha).
Surviving him are his loving wife, the former Janet Moschella, whom he married in 1980; his children, Richard J. (Karen) Hedrick of Canfield, Jerilynn (Dennis) Timms of Struthers and Michael D. (Tracey) Hedrick Sr. of Austintown; two sisters, Susan (Rev. Michael) McHale of Austintown and Sherry Merola of Kingwood, Texas; a brother, George Kluchar of Liberty; five grandchildren who he was totally devoted to, Zachary and Shelby Timms, Alyssa Lynn, Michael D. Jr. and Richard Hedrick; his nephews, Michael and Matthew (fiance Deanna Hawk) McHale, Ronald (Kari) and John (Cheryl) Novak; a great-nephew, Billy Novak; and his devoted beagle, Sammy.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Marian Kluchar.
Services were held Monday at the Davis-Becker Funeral Home in Boardman.
Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.