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H. Weldon Sherrard Jr.
March 18, 1924 - May 22, 2014
H. Weldon Sherrard Jr., 90, Rochester, passed away at 2:28 p.m. Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester.
He was born on March 18, 1924, in Deedsville, the son of the late Henry Weldon Sherrard Sr. and Opal Lial (Durbin) Sherrard. On Feb. 22, 1948, in Macy, he was married to Mary Jeanne Musselman. She preceded him in death on Nov. 30, 1998, after celebrating 50 years of marriage. Weldon and his wife were active members of the Macy community and were members of the Macy Methodist Church, Macy Order of the Eastern Star, and Macy Masonic Lodge.
Weldon was a World War II U.S. Navy Seabee veteran who proudly served in the 1st Special Construction Battalion in Guadalcanal, New Zealand, and Japan during the South Pacific campaign. After his discharge from the Navy, he returned home to his family business, H.W. Sherrard & Son, an excavating contractor business. He owned and operated Poulan Chain Saw Sales and Service for over 30 years. He retired from sales at Louderback Chevrolet and Buick, Rochester.
He was a life member of the Rochester Kiwanis Club, serving as lieutenant governor and two-time president. He was a life member of the following organizations; South Bend Scottish Rite, Fort Wayne Shrine, National Rifle Association, American Legion, and American Motorcyclist Association. He was also a member of the following organizations; Disabled American Veterans, Indiana Sheriff's Association, Fulton County Airport Board, during the construction of the new airport, and a founding member of Rochester Toastmasters.
Weldon enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was an avid go-cart racer and won many national championship titles. He was a loyal Notre Dame women's basketball fan and season ticket holder. He enjoyed pheasant hunting in South Dakota and spent hours mowing his yard and expanding the pull-behind mowers.
Survivors include his two daughters, Debbie and husband James Arnett, Rochester, and Vickie and husband Steve Coplen, Rochester; five grandchildren, Jenny and husband John Shaw, Rochester, James Weldon and wife Rebecca Arnett, Valparaiso, Jason and wife Tiffany Arnett, Fort Wayne, Hayley Zinsmaster, Logansport, and Luke Sherrard Zinsmaster, Indianapolis; three great-grandchildren, Jimmy and Bram Arnett, Valparaiso, and Aleah Arnett, Fort Wayne; one sister, Betty Thousand, Rochester; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Donald Gene Sherrard, infant sister, Miriam Sherrard, and brother-in-law, L.D. Thousand.
Memorial service, along with Masonic service, is to be conducted Saturday, May 31, 2014, at 4 p.m. at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, with the Rev. James Weldon Arnett officiating. Friends may call from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Plainview Cemetery, Macy, where military graveside services will be conducted. Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans House, Indianapolis, Indiana, or to a charity of one's choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.
Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014
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I am sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Keeping you and your family in prayer.
God bless, Connie
Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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Welden was a one of a kind, great man, wonderful friend.We go-carted together on the dirt and took many pictures of us with the trophies in his garage.
A real Mason, a true friend, he deserves the highest praise you can give a man. "He was a good guy".
We have pleasant memories of good times together. God bless Welden and his family.
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