Sheldon D. Churchill, 94, of Grand Meadow, MN passed away peacefully with family at his side at Mayo Clinic Hospital - St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, two days after a good game of 500 with his family.
Funeral mass will be held at St. Finbarr Catholic Church in Grand Meadow on Wednesday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m. with Father Mareddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will follow at St. Finbarr Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23 at Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Hindt Funeral Home of Grand Meadow is assisting the family.
Sheldon Dale Churchill was born April 29, 1924 in Spring Valley, MN to Dale and Iva (Dornink) Churchill. On October 9, 1946 he was united in marriage to Laurene Davis and to this union, 6 children were born.
If you knew Sheldon, you knew his famous smile, his love of life, and his laughter. You knew he was always up for any game with his friends, children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren. He was always instigating a lively game of cards, croquet, softball (pitching into his 80’s, although he did have a pinch runner), Monopoly, Farkle (he was the Farkle King!), volleyball, etc.
Sheldon lived his life fully and was always content in his life. When asked if he ever missed being on a tractor after he had a heart attack in 2017, he thought for a moment, and then said, “No, I just always believed that you have to be happy where you are.” That giant smile always showed he truly believed that. He was a long-time dairy farmer on a farmstead near Dexter, MN and a long-time member of St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church. Later in life, Sheldon was named Senior Citizen of the Year Award of Mower County in 2013 for his dedicated volunteer work including ‘Cards with Sheldon’ at the Grand Meadow Nursing Home.
Sheldon is survived by his children Linda (Ron) Alberts of Rochester, Irene McKenzie of Glencoe, MN, Barb (Mike) Smith of Ankeny, IA, Steve (Marie) Churchill of Dexter, MN, Mary (Tom) Bryson of Vancouver, WA, and Sandy (Tim) Gallagher of Buffalo, MN, sister Mary Ann Hennessy of La Mesa, CA, brother Jack (Josie) Churchill of Grand Meadow, 26 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years Laurene Churchill, brother Bert Churchill, son-in-law Darrell, brother-in-law Don Hennessy, and parents Iva and Dale Churchill.
Special thanks to the staff at the Grand Meadow Health Care Center.
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