Paul J. Sheets

January 30, 1937 ‒ March 08, 2009

Adairo, Ohio

Paul J. Sheets, age 72, of Mount Gilead, died peacefully Sunday evening, March 8, 2009, at his home surrounded by his family following a battle with cancer.

On January 30, 1937, Paul was born in Coolville, Ohio, the son of the late W. Wilford and Mary Louise (Place) Sheets. He graduated from the Brown Zaleski High School in Zaleski, Ohio, in the Class of 1955.

Shortly before graduation, Paul married his high school sweetheart, Goldie McKibben, on January 15, 1955. Together they have shared over fifty four wonderful years of marriage, and were members of the First Baptist Church.

After their marriage, Paul and Goldie moved to Delaware, Ohio, where he began working at U.S. Airco. In 1964, they again moved their family to Mount Gilead, where he had an opportunity to work at the H.P.M. Corp. He worked there for thirty five years, retiring in 1999 as a plant engineer.

Loving his job, Paul gladly worked there seven days a week, making sure everything always remained on schedule. In his spare time away from work, he enjoyed being a “home body” spending time with his family and tinkering around in his garage and yard.

Having a green thumb, Paul enjoyed tending to his flower and vegetable garden that was “the size of a football field.” He was especially proud of his rose garden, often sharing the many types and colors of roses with his wife and children. He also loved his John Deere tractor, and would mow “all day,” even taking his grandchildren on rides too.

With a love for tinkering, Paul often got away from everything in his garage. He enjoyed fixing Kirby sweepers, toys and his beloved John Deere tractor, and this is where he would find a chance to relax away from the children and sneak a nap. He also “could do it all” when it came to working on homes, and he gladly had done work on all of his children’s houses. Everyone knew they could turn to him and he would be their electrician, plumber, etc., whatever they needed.

Wanting children to have a place to play, Paul was integral in leasing the ball field in Edison for only $1.00 per year from the H.P.M. Corp.

Always wanting to be surrounded by his family, Paul would find ways to get everyone together by announcing an impromptu hot dog roast or by insisting on taking family vacations. As a family, they enjoyed camping at Lake Hope, and going to Myrtle Beach and Florida almost every summer. Other vacations enjoyed always would involve “somewhere sunny,” taking many trips to Mexico and even traveling to Hawaii.

Paul will be dearly missed by his loving wife, Goldie Sheets of Mt. Gilead; five children: Sandra (Tom) Sartori of Lewis Center, Patty (Jeff) Harman, of Mt. Gilead, Kelley (Mickey) Kobashigawa of Dublin, Paul Sheets Jr. of Charleston, West Virginia, and Jennifer (Mark) Kennon of Mt. Gilead; eight grandchildren: Trent (Lisa) Webb, Ashley (Eric) Thompson, Tyler (Emily) Harman, Courtney and Cody Kobashigawa, Madison Sheets, and Kelsey and Carter Kennon; four great-grandchildren: Kendall and Caitlin Webb, Payton Harman, and Lucas Thompson; two brothers: Daniel Sheets of Logan, and David Sheets of Groveland, Florida; four sisters: Joan (Charles) Wolfe of Norwich, Janet Troyan of Tallahassee, Florida, Jane (Bob) Moyer of Carrollton, and Judy (Lyle) Bainter of Logan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his infant son, Christopher Paul Sheets; infant daughter, Deborah Louise Sheets; grandson, Trevor Paul Webb in 2007; and his brother, Johnny Sheets.

The Sheets family will greet friends from 4 – 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mt. Gilead, where services celebrating his life will be held Thursday at Noon with Pastor Kelly Melvin from the First Baptist Church officiating. The family will again greet friends for an hour prior to the funeral services. A private family burial will follow at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Morrow County, 228 South St., Mt. Gilead, Ohio 43338, or to the First Baptist Church, 51 W. High St., Mt. Gilead, Ohio 43338.

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