William “Bill” Patrick Sheridan

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Nov. 17, 1924 - Aug. 8, 2017

Sutton resident, William “Bill” Patrick Sheridan, 92, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at the Sutton Community Home in Sutton. A rosary was prayed at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sutton. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sutton, with Father Michael Zimmer officiating. Graveside services was held at 1 p.m., Friday, at Calvary Cemetery in Sutton. Visitation was Thursday, from 1–5 p.m., at Sutton Memorial Chapel in Sutton. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Sutton Community Home Foundation or St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Condolences may be left at www.suttonmemorial.com William “Bill” Patrick Sheridan was born and raised in Sutton. He was the third of seven children born to William Michael and Margaret (Hogan) Sheridan of Sutton. Bill graduated from Sutton High School with the class of 1943. After graduation, Bill worked alongside his father and brothers selling Massey Harris and Allis-Chalmers at the Wm Sheridan & Sons dealership. Bill served in the Navy for two years during WWII in the Pacific. He was on an escort carrier and a seaplane tender in the engine room. Upon returning home from his service to our country, Bill began farming. At the age of 31, Bill married Donitta Schriner of Hastings. They met at a dance and enjoyed many years of dancing together. They were united in marriage on Oct. 22, 1955, at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Hastings, by Father James Dawson. Bill and Donitta were married for 61 years. To this union was born four children: Mary Margaret, Mark, Brian and Julia. They raised their family on a farm just outside of Sutton. Bill built the home that he and Donitta raised their family in and it has survived three tornados. Bill raised milo, corn, wheat, soybeans and raised and fed cattle for many years. Bill was a 4-H leader for his children’s horse club, a den leader for his sons Boy Scouts group, a member of the Tri County Rounders Saddle Club, lifetime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and was a 70-year member of the American Legion. Bill and his son, Mark, enjoyed breeding, raising and training Quarter Horses. With the partnership of his son, Brian, he continued to be active in farming up until the age of 86, with harvest being his favorite time of the year. In his semi-retirement years, Bill and Donitta enjoyed traveling to Arizona, attending Husker basketball games, going to auctions and watching their grandchildren’s activities. He rarely missed 8 a.m. coffee time at Tubbies. He enjoyed working in his shop fixing, repairing or welding. At the end of the day, Bill could be found relaxing in his shop or sitting on the patio with his dog, enjoying a cold Budweiser while watching his birds. As Bill lost his mobility, he moved to the Sutton Community Home in December 2013. With the help of caregiver and friend, Shirley Horst from Home Instead, he continued to go out to the farm three days a week and remained involved in the farming operation. Bill is survived by his devoted wife of 61 years, Donitta of Sutton; daughter, Mary Margaret Hobelman (Mike) of Lincoln: sons, Mark of Cave Creek, AZ; Brian (Carol) Sheridan of Sutton; daughter, Julia Rodehorst (Rex) of Kearney; eight grandchildren, Shiloh (Kylee) Hobelman, Joe (Jill) Hobelman and Abbie (Travis) Lamb all of Lincoln; Hayden Sheridan of Atlanta, GA; Kiley (Scott) Bazata of Kearney; and Chad Sheridan of Atwood, KS; Afton (Wade) Christen of Anselmo; and Shawn Rodehorst of Kearney; five great-grandchildren, Bronson and Brooks Bazata, Ella and Crosby Lamb and Logan Hobelman, with another great-grandchild expected in September of this year. Siblings, Roger Sheridan of Sutton; Ellie Tershy (Russ) of Santa Cruz, CA; Regina (Max) Leininger of Sutton; Johnny (Barb) Sheridan of Sutton; Peggy O’Connell of Urbandale, IA. Sisters-in-law, Bea Jackson of Riverton, NE; Ardyce (Carl) Eilert of Beloit, KS; brother-in-law, Ronald Schriner of Cowles, NE; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Tom and wife, Pat Sheridan; sisters-in-law, Betty Sheridan; Irene Schriner; brothers-in-law, Bob Schriner; Allen Jackson and Patrick O’Connell. Bill never knew a stranger and always wore a smile. He was proud of his Irish heritage and loved a good story and joke.

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