Mifflin Twp. Man Loved People & Animals
Jerry Richard Sheeler, age 70, of 42 Billboard Lane, Nescopeck, died at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville on October 14, 2020, after suffering a severe brain bleed two days earlier.
His death severs a 45-year relationship with his wife, Linda Yohey Sheeler. They were married in the Mifflinville United Methodist Church on October 18, 1987.
The son of Melvin and Alma (Silks) Sheeler, he was born in Lewistown, PA, on August 15, 1950. He attended Lewistown schools and received an associate’s degree in welding from the former Williamsport Area Community College. Most of his career was spent as a truck driver, notably for Beavertown Block and Agway, Inc, his last Agway position being at the Agway Almedia Blend plant.
In addition to his parents, Jerry was predeceased by his brother Michael, Middleburg; his brother George, Bellefonte; and a sister, Connie, Lewistown.
He is survived by a sister, Bonnie Bearley, Lewistown, and her husband Bill; a brother, Timothy, Berwick; sister-in-law, Stephanie, Middleburg; and several nieces and nephews.
His best friend of nearly 50 years, Michael Felegie, Tomhicken, accompanied Jerry on several trips to Florida, usually to Venice or Key West, as well as attending karaoke.
Jerry loved meeting and greeting people and striking up conversations. He especially enjoyed stopping to talk to the dog-walkers to ask about their dogs, most recently a Border Collie named Moe. He was happy to see local Belgian horses, Charlie and Fred, on his way into Mifflinville. He was interested in following the progress of local homes being built and asking people at gas pumps how they enjoyed their cars. Doing outdoor work around the house was his hobby.
Jerry was a wildlife enthusiast. He appreciated all animals. He and his wife have cared for several cats over the years, most dropped off in the country who made their way to the property. His favorites were the oldest, Baby Gray and My Girl, Little One, Val, Lightning and the two five-month-olds, Callie and Angel.
Jerry and his wife were fortunate to have traveled to all 50 states, Italy, Canada, Mexico, and islands in the Caribbean. Italy, Hawaii, Alaska, Florida, California, and the western states were preferred destinations.
As someone who basically did everything for his wife, his enthusiasm and love of life will be missed.
Services will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in the Dean W. Kriner Inc. Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market St., Bloomsburg, with Rev. Robert W. Strozyk of Mill-Green United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Lime Ridge. Viewing from 1-2 p.m.
Condolences can be sent to his wife at their address and would be greatly appreciated. No email is available.
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