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Obituaries

Sheldon B. Williams

Sheldon B. Williams, 84, of Mt. Morris, died on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 at Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris. 

Sheldon was born on May 2, 1934 in Chicago, the son of Howard and Martha (Bate) Williams. 

He graduated from Peotone High School in the Class of 1952, and he graduated from North Central College in Naperville with a degree in Sociology. 

Sheldon married Ruth E. Strickler on June 22, 1963 in Mt. Morris, and she preceded him in death on July 9, 1977. 

Sheldon then married Myrna (Lippert) Wissing on July 12, 1986 and she preceded him in death on Jan. 21, 2016. 

He began teaching junior high English and literature in Mt. Morris in the fall of 1959, and he retired in the spring of 1993 after 34 years. 

He followed the Chicago sports teams especially the Cubs. 

Sheldon played baseball and basketball in school, and then coached the Mt. Morris eighth grade team for many years. He also coached T-ball in the Mt. Morris summer leagues. 

He was active in the regional theater (plays and musicals) for more than 40 years.

He liked language, playing with it and noting its absurdities.

He had good humor, whether he was hearing jokes, telling jokes, or reading humorists like Will Rogers. 

In his retirement, Sheldon enjoyed traveling across the country visiting family or just to see new places. 

A fan of things Irish and British, he appreciated the chance to visit England and see his mother’s family homestead.

Sheldon is survived by his children, Jennifer Williams, Richmond, Indiana, and Christopher (Karen) Williams, Chicago; grandchildren, Samuel and Addison Williams, Chicago; step-children, Stuart (Lela) Wissing, Mt. Morris, Marcia (Chris) Wissing-Ruhl, Tucson, Arizona; step-grandchildren, Logan Susini, Phoenix, Arizona, Matthew Wissing, Oregon, Emily (Jason) Severson, Elgin; step-great-grandchild, Becca Severson, Elgin; cousins; great nieces and great nephews.

Sheldon was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruth; wife, Myrna; and three brothers, Howard “Bill,” Robert, and Roger.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren with Rev. Virginia Haney officiating. 

Burial will be in Silver Creek Cemetery, rural Mt. Morris. 

Visitation will be held on Friday 10 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to Good Samaritan Fund at Pinecrest Community and the Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren.

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