Lawrence D. Sheely
unknown - December 27, 2012
Lawrence D. Sheely of Zephyrhills, FL passed away on Dec. 27, 2012 at the age of 86. He was a Protestant Christian born in Albany on March 30, 1926.
He is predeceased by his first wife of 42 years, Marion Elizabeth Sheely who passed away in 1989 and survived by their two daughters and husbands, Linda and Terrance Price and Susan and Donald Roux both of Charlotte, N.C. Also surviving are his five grandchildren, James Gray, Amy Cunningham, Jennifer Daniels, Daniel Roux and Adam Roux who blessed him with ten great-grandchildren with another due in April of this year. Lawrence is also survived by his second wife, Elizabeth Ann Sheely and her two children, Wendy Schambers and Terrell Schambers and his wife Sue; his brother, Wallace Franklin and his wife Mary Jane Sheely; his nephews, Phillip Sheely of Kennewick, WA and Paul Sheely of Portland, OR; as well as cousins, Madison Sheely and Roger Sheely.
Lawrence was a Civil Air Patrol Cadet Sgt. early in WWII; and served in the USAAF during WWII. He prized his brief time as a student aviator. Thereafter he enjoyed a 40-year career with General Electric Co., first in Schenectady, NY, graduating from the G.E. Apprentice Design Drafting Course in 1949. He and his family transferred to Syracuse in 1957 and lived there until he retired from the company as a Mechanical Design Engineer; moving with Marion to Zepherhills, FL in April 1986. During the time they lived in Syracuse, Lawrence was a member of Memorial Lodge, F&AM #648, OES #185 and was a 32° member of the AASR in North Syracuse. He also served as a Safety Officer in the Zephyrhills, FL, Civil Air Patrol Search and Rescue Squadron. Lawrence and Marion began work on a manuscript of his uncle, Irving E. Sheely’s 1917-1918 WWI domestic and foreign service in U.S. Naval Aviation. He and Elizabeth completed the project and in 1993 this manuscript was published in a hard cover edition by the University of Alabama Press titled: “Sailor of the Air”, ISBN 0-9173-0709-5. He also published several technical and historical articles in various magazines. A memorial service will be held in June. He will be buried next to his first wife Marion at White Chapel Memory Gardens in DeWitt. For a guestbook, visit scheppfamily.com
Arrangements by Eaton-Tubbs Fayetteville Chapel of Schepp Family Funeral Homes