William Frank Sheffield, our dearest expensive husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died on Wednesday March 29 of pancreatic most cancers on the age of 84. We have been privileged to be gathered round him as he left and to expertise many sacred moments collectively within the earlier 4 weeks. We all know that on the opposite facet he was joyfully obtained by his dad and mom and his Savior.
Those that had the privilege of figuring out Invoice Sheffield perceive that the most effective phrase to explain him is “love.” All his different nice qualities spring from the roots of that pure love. He confirmed us what honesty, humility, gentleness, generosity and repair seem like. What knowledge, ingenuity, persistence and persistence seem like. What fatherhood, management and calm pondering seem like. What selflessness, compassion, empathy and real kindness seem like. What does cheerfulness, good temper and discovering the constructive in each scenario seem like. What does it seem like to be a loyal, honorable husband. What forgiveness, faithfulness and purity seem like.
Invoice was born on March 10, 1939 to Boyd and Norma Wooden Sheffield, the oldest of 5 kids. He grew up in Brigham Metropolis, Utah. As a boy, whereas his father served in World Warfare II, he felt an amazing duty and need to maintain his mom. As a younger teenager, he determined that he needed to like God and comply with the instance of Jesus Christ in every little thing. As a person, he lived by ideas and honesty.
Invoice graduated from Field Elder Excessive College in 1957 after which attended the College of Utah for a yr, the place he was the highest math pupil. He then transferred to Brigham Younger College earlier than serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Norway from 1959 to 1962. He cherished the Norwegian folks and cherished instructing the gospel of Jesus Christ. After his mission, he returned to BYU to graduate cum laude with a bachelor’s diploma in physics. Right here he met his beloved spouse Susan Biddulph. They knew virtually instantly that they needed to be married and have been sealed within the LDS Temple in Idaho Falls, Idaho on August 30, 1963. Their complementary expertise made them a beautiful workforce. They’d in frequent the will for a lot of kids and a house the place the Spirit of God is at all times current. Their eight kids have been blessed to develop up in a house the place love, service and peace reigned.
After getting married and graduating from BYU, Invoice and Susan moved to Ames, Iowa, the place Invoice accomplished a grasp’s diploma in physics at Iowa State College from 1965-1967. Right here they shaped many vital, vital friendships that lasted all through their lives.
Invoice’s skilled profession started as a physics teacher at Hamline College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a part-time marketing consultant for 3M. He taught from 1967 to 1972 earlier than working full-time at 3M as a analysis physicist, the place he labored for 30 years till his retirement. Invoice was a pointy analyst and drawback solver. He was smitten by figuring issues out. To resolve issues, he believed in considerate evaluation, testing potentialities and remaining versatile to strive a special approach. As a scientist at 3M, he invented new merchandise and solved issues that others couldn’t. He was additionally fairly adept at fixing human issues, which he did repeatedly in his household, church and neighborhood. He was greater than an analytical thinker and scientific observer. He was additionally an intuitive thinker and a deep listener.
Invoice’s management and problem-solving expertise have been felt locally as he served on the District 622 College Board, East Communities Household Counseling Middle Board of Administrators, District 622 Basis Board, Citizen Curriculum Advisory Board Chair, Mother and father Booster Membership President, PTA President. He additionally obtained the Instructional Heroes state award. He has served on the Oakdale Metropolis Planning Fee, the Oakdale Athletic Affiliation as baseball director, coached basketball and T-ball, and obtained WCCO Radio’s Good Neighbor Award. He not too long ago served on the HOA board in his neighborhood.
Invoice cherished Scouting and was very concerned, incomes the District Award of Advantage, Excellent Unit Trustee for Indianhead Council and the Silver Beaver Award, amongst his many management positions.
It was at all times crucial to Invoice that everybody had a voice within the many conferences he attended. His calm pondering and unwavering integrity defused many battle conditions. Invoice was not a loud or boisterous man. He most popular to sit down and watch every little thing that was taking place. However he was by no means afraid to talk up and firmly defend his ideas. His knowledge and perception have been extremely valued by many. His recognizable phrases have been: “What’s a precept?”; “Let’s keep versatile”; and “The Lord searches the guts” (D&C 64:34).
His membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints outlined and touched each a part of Invoice’s life. He was by no means with out callings, together with counselor within the mission presidency, seminarian and evangelical doctrine lecturer (which have been very expensive to his coronary heart), bishop and varied presidencies and councils. His callings to be counselor and recorder within the temple presidency, temple sealer, and stake patriarch have been a cherished a part of his later life. He and Susan labored collectively in these callings, forming many loving friendships, reunited with a objective better than themselves, and immersed in sacred issues.
The info and particulars of Invoice’s life are attention-grabbing and spectacular. They assist illustrate the sort of individual he was. However the coronary heart of who Invoice was was his deep love for God, Jesus Christ and his household. His driving power was to serve Heavenly Father by serving others. As his kids, we felt all of it our lives in his calm and cheerful temperament, his dedication to allow every of us to take part in actions that have been vital to us, instructing us to work and take care of one another and for others, and to share sacred moments and emotions. Even the home he in-built Oakdale, Minnesota, the place we lived for many of our rising up, was designed particularly to convey happiness to his kids. The lengthy hall the place we had races; the open area across the piano the place we ran in circles; the big kitchen desk the place we ate collectively as a household and shared tons of of meals with missionaries, church members, mates and many individuals who lived with them over time; the hearth the place we took household photos and constructed villages on the fireside out of the blocks Dad had handmade for us, and hung 10 stockings each Christmas; an enormous yard the place we rode bikes and explored and climbed timber, went sledding within the winter and rowing within the spring, raked leaves and shoveled snow and had numerous work initiatives; the magnificent playroom—Dad’s sensible inspiration—the place we ran and performed basketball, bouncer, volleyball, ketch, tennis, dodgeball, and desk tennis, giving hundreds of hours of pleasure to tons of of youngsters; a big front room the place we performed soccer and sang songs, gathered to learn scriptures and maintain weekly planning conferences and household councils, and to kneel collectively in household prayer.
Invoice was at all times in a quiet good temper, fast to smile and crack a joke to lighten the temper. Even on the finish, when he might communicate, he joked together with his household. A few of his favourite issues have been again tickling and ice cream.
He confronted his most cancers analysis with the identical calm, peaceable and affected person religion he had developed all through his life. He by no means complained about every little thing he suffered. His each concern was for his expensive Susan.
Thanks to Jodi and the workforce at Allina Hospice and Bradshaw Funeral Dwelling for his or her form and delicate care of our Dad.
Invoice is survived by his spouse, Susan; kids, Michael (Darby), Barbara (Patrick) Thibaudeau, Scott (Kelly), Sherry (Scot) Allen, Rebecca (Travis) Gerber, Amy (Tom) Callister, Stephen (Katie) and Shelley (Blair) Cheney.
Sisters Shauna Walton and Jeanie Peck, brother Michael (Sue) Sheffield.
Stephanie (Matthew) Thibaudeau Rytting, Jonathan (Ariel) Thibaudeau, Aaron (Savanah) Thibaudeau, Ryan (Lauren) Thibaudeau, Andrew (Emma) Thibaudeau, Nathan Thibaudeau, Mariah (Jacob) Sheffield Wooden, Natalie (Jacob) Sheffield White, Elizabeth ( Ryan) Sheffield Perry, Whitney Sheffield, Ashley (Caleb) Allen Boyack, Kelsey (Jacob) Allen Roberts, Kaitlyn Allen, Justin Allen, Joshua Allen, Holly Gerber, Jacob Gerber, Stephen Callister, Melanie Callister, Tyler Sheffield, Matthew Sheffield, Emily Sheffield, Sarah Sheffield, Eliza Sheffield, Ruthie Sheffield, Cara Cheney, Conner Cheney
Nice nice grandchildren:
Natalie Rytting, Sarah Rytting, Emily Rytting, Lydia Rytting, Briel Mahan, Dillon Mahan, Aria Thibaudeau, Amelia Thibaudeau, Jameson Thibaudeau, Noah Thibaudeau, Maura White – with 3 extra on the way in which!
He was preceded in demise by his dad and mom, Boyd and Norma Sheffield, a sister, Sandra Moffett, and a great-grandson, Emory Ray Wooden.
A visitation/viewing can be held on Wednesday, April fifth from 6-8pm at Bradshaw Funeral Dwelling (2800 Curve Crest Blvd, Stillwater MN). A funeral service can be held on Saturday, April eighth at 12:00 PM, with a viewing from 10:30-11:30 AM, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (2140 Hadley Ave. N, Oakdale MN).
A graveside service can be held on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 2:30 PM at Eastlawn Memorial Hills Cemetery, 4800 N 650 East, Provo, Utah. The gathering on the grave will start at 2 p.m. A reception and luncheon will comply with from 3-5pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2900 Timpview Drive in Provo.
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