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Jeffrey "Jeff" A. Sheetz

November 5, 1963 ~ March 28, 2020 (age 56)

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Per the families wishes, Jeff's memorial service has been postponed indefinitely.  Please continue to send your regards by writing an e-condolence from our website. 

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Jeffrey Alan “Jeff” Sheetz of Warsaw, Indiana passed away at 2:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Parkview Medical Hospital of Fort Wayne, Indiana at the age of 56. 

He was born on November 5, 1963 to Carol S. (Greer) Sheetz and Larry D. Sheetz.  Jeff was one of four children born to Carol and Larry.

Jeff was a 1982 graduate of Tippecanoe Valley High School in Akron, Indiana.  He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy on the destroyer tender USS Puget Sound overseas in Italy.  He was honorably discharged in July 1986.

Jeff was married to his best friend and business partner Di'Ana “Dee” Sheetz in January 2009.  They co-owned Sheetz Custom Transportation. 

He was one of the hardest working men, who was honest to no fault.  He was intelligent and known by all for his positive outlook on life and faith, and for his kind and generous heart, but most of all for his big smile.  He truly was one of a kind.  He was devoted and dedicated to his wife, family and friends who walked with him throughout his journey of life. 

Jeff enjoyed playing with his grandkids, camping, swimming, four wheeling, driving motorcycles, semi-trucks and shooting guns with his wife, Dee as a member of Tactical Advantage Shooting Club.  His passion and love was the open road, traveling across the United States as an owner-operator of his company, Sheetz Custom Transportation.  He owned multiple semi-trucks over the years in the moving industry.  He also specialized in hauling for over 30 years, where he me met his wife, Dee and she later became a co-owner.  They worked for many years together over the road as a team operation.   They leased trucks with Landstar Inc., as well as North American Van Lines, where Jeff held a seat on the Drivers Review Board.  He was also a lifetime member of the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA).

Late in life Jeff worked for Holland Transport as a city driver/material handler from the Fort Wayne, Indiana terminal.  He enjoyed the day to day working with the public, customers, co-workers and staff.  He represented Holland Transport in the (IMA) Indiana Truck Driving Rodeo state competitions of June 2017.  He also was a member of the International Brotherhood Teamster’s Union 414 of Fort Wayne at the time of his passing.  He was a loyal, dependable, committed and dedicated employee of six years. 

Jeff lived for his best friends and soulmate…his devoted wife, Di'Ana.  If you had seen one, you would have seen the other... always happy in life together and smiling hand in hand.  They accomplished each other, and they were very devoted and dedicated to one another in love and faith.  They truly walked as one throughout life together and loved like no other.  Jeff inspired many through his journey living and working with pancreatic cancer.  He never complained, not once, he empowered others with his unconditional love, faith, strength and devotion to inspire all his cancer brothers and sisters.  One can have a life with cancer, he had a saying, “cancer is not a death sentence, but a condition of life.  It’s what we choose to make of it.”  Jeff was truly a gift and a blessing from God in the form of an angel put on Earth.  He now returns to his heavenly home into the Lord’s arms to take his place in heaven.  He will be dearly missed and always cherished but never forgotten.  He was an undeniable and precious gift to all who were blessed to walk his journey with him and beside him…to call him son, brother, husband, father and friend.  RIP my angle from above. 

He will be remembered by his beloved wife, Di'Ana “Dee” Sheetz (Indiana), eight children, thirty-one grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.  He also leaves behind his father, Larry D. Sheetz (Indiana); and three brothers:  Ronald “Ron” Sheetz (Ohio); Charlie and James “Jim” Sheetz (both of Indiana).  He was preceded in death by his mother, Carol S. (Greer) Sheetz on September 18, 2017, and his mother-in-law, Geraldine A. Hanrahan on September 9, 2015.

Jeff’s life will be celebrated at a later date with a service and military rites in accordance with the COVID-19 pandemic guidelines when travel bans and social distancing are lifted so that all of his friends and family can be safe in the celebration of Jeff’s life journey.  God Bless.   Arrangements were entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, Indiana. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, Indiana  46580 to go towards funeral expenses, and would be appreciated by the family. 

 

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