William C. "Bill" Sheavly, 90, of Westminster, formerly of Reisterstown, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at Carroll Hospital Center, from congestive heart failure.
Born Aug. 7, 1923, in Morgantown, W.Va., he was the son of the late William Milton and Cora Jane Frankenburger Sheavly. He spent his youth in Rochester and Canadaigua, N.Y. He was the husband of the late Reba Jean Barker, his wife of 62 years.
After graduating high school at Canadaigua Academy, he enrolled at the University of Akron. On Dec. 8, 1941, following Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army and spent his enlistment with the 69th Infantry Division and the 29th Division in Europe as a jeep driver and chauffeur. He received numerous awards including the coveted Combat Infantryman Badge and was honorably discharged at Fort Dix, N.J., April 1, 1946. He had great fun saying he was discharged on April Fool's Day and he "hoped it wasn't a joke."
He was a Theta Chi brother at university and took his degree in business. He worked for Western Auto, rising through the ranks and finishing his career as advertising manager at its Baltimore distribution center. He went on to work as a representative for Curtis Industries, selling automotive supplies to Baltimore area car dealerships. He retired at 70.
He was a member of the Oriole Advocates, giving away souvenirs at Orioles games. He volunteered with the Baltimore County Police Department for 20 years and was well known to the members of the Owings Mills precinct. He volunteered at the Reisterstown Senior Center. He was a former member of Northminster Presbyterian Church and later attended Glyndon United Methodist Church. He was an avid stamp and coin collector in his free time.
He most enjoyed fellow veterans. He and his wife traveled all over the world attending functions and reunions with the 69th Infantry Division Association, including a trip to Moscow. He and his wife were honored by the 69th for 10 years as souvenir chairmen. He was the feature of a book written by his son titled "My Father's War," about his WWII experiences. He was a member of the Reisterstown American Legion. For the past few years he had been living at Westminster Ridge, where he had many friends, was an ambassador, ran the community store and started twice-a-week trivia games for the residents. He was known to be a fun-loving, warm and funny man who always had a quick tease and a smile for those who met him.
Surviving are children Rebecca "Becky" Thomas, of State College, Pa., William H. "Bill" Jr., of Virginia Beach, Va., Ann S. Wilmer and husband Michael C., of Westminster, and Mark Sheavly and wife Lynn, of Reisterstown; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by brother Thomas E. Sheavly; son-in-law David J. Thomas; daughter-in-law Seba B. Sheavly; and granddaughter Kathleen R. Wilmer.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Private interment will be in Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to 69th Infantry Next Generation Group, 324 Southport Circle, Suite 103, Virginia Beach, VA 23452; or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, or at http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
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