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 Lewis Clay Sheets

Lewis Clay Sheets

Adams County, Indiana, USA
Death 8 Mar 1937 (aged 65)
Fulton County, Indiana, USA
Burial Rochester, Fulton County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 53778111 · View Source
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Published in The Rochester News-Sentinel

Tuesday, March 9, 1937

Lewis Clay SHEETS, aged 65, chief of police and one of Rochester's most prominent citizens, died at 11:30 o'clock Monday night at his home, 535 East Ninth Street, from a heart attack which he suffered a few minutes after he had retired.

Mr. Sheets, after suffering the attack sat up in bed and then dropped back in death. he had been under a doctor's care for sometime due to a heart affliction but his death was entirely unexpected. He had been a the police station all of yesterday transacting his official duties.

The deceased was born in Adams county on April 5, 1871 but came to this county with his parents, John and Martha (PURDY) SHEETS when he was very young. The family lived on a farm in the Sugar Grove neighborhood southeast of the city for many years.

In a ceremony which was performed at Macy on January 17, 1892, Mr. Sheets was united in marriage with Lina Mae JOHNSON. For a number of years Mr. Sheets, who is a member of the Knights of Pythias and Odd Fellows lodges has operated a transfer line and freight depot in this city. He at one time owned the Rochester Fertilizer Company and a house moving outfit.

Mr. Sheets was prominent in Fulton county Republican party circles. He was elected sheriff in 1910 and again in 1916 and as a member of the Rochester city council in 1913 on the Republican ticket. He served as county chairman from 1918 to 1922 and was the first United States Marshal in the Northern Indiana Federal Court District. He was named to this office on May 12, 1925 and served until August 1928. He was a close personal friend of Hon. Thomas SLICK, judge of the United States District Court at South Bend.

Survivors are the widow; four sons, Arthur SHEETS, at home, Dee SHEETS of this city, Don SHEETS, Kansas City, Mo., and John SHEETS, San Bernardino, Calif.; four daughters, Mrs. Ruth BAKER, Mrs. Mildred READ, Mrs. Glen DAGGY and Miss Martha SHEETS all of this city; half-sister, Mrs. Ethel NEWMAN and half-brother, Dr. T. P. COOK.

The funeral arrangements will not be made until word has been received from Don and John Sheets. Burial will be made in the cemetery at Mt. Zion.

Fulton County Indiana Obituaries - 1937
by Jean C. and Wendell C. Tombaugh


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 53778111
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lewis Clay Sheets (5 Apr 1871–8 Mar 1937), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53778111, citing Mount Zion Cemetery, Rochester, Fulton County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Susan Pratt Habermann (contributor 46910912) .