Gilbert V. Sheets, 76, of Ridge Farm, passed away at 12:15 a.m. Thursday, July 14, 2011, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
Gilbert was born Sept. 27, 1934, in Danville, the son of Gilbert and Vivian (Hardy) Sheets. Gilbert was raised by his maternal grandparents, Vernon and Ruby (Green) Hardy.
Gib attended Rossville grade schools and graduated from Rossville High School in 1953. He then served in the United States Navy, serving aboard the U.S.S. Wisconsin, which was the largest ship of its kind at that time.
He was employed by McCalman Construction Company. He started out as a timekeeper, working his way to foreman. He continued with McCalman until the company was purchased by O’Neil Brothers Construction.
Gib enjoyed CBs, fishing and conversation with anyone. He loved all sports and spent many years attending his older grandchildren’s sports, show choirs and pageants. He was a very proud grandpa and was recently blessed with his newest granddaughter, Krisalyn on July 4, 2011. Gib never knew a stranger and will be missed by all.
He is survived by his two daughters, Susan Willaman of Danville and son-in-law Jay Willaman of Georgetown, and Whitney (Derek) Davis of Clinton, Ind.
He is also survived by six grandchildren, Molly and Maggie Reeves, Matthew Willaman and Danielle, D.J. and Krisalyn Davis. Also surviving are two sisters, Pam and Candace and their families, and two brothers, Charles and Dennis and families, along with nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; two brothers, Ed and Larry; and one sister, Helen.
A celebration of the life of Gilbert V. Sheets will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, with Pastor Buddy Wilson officiating. Burial will follow the service in Mann’s Chapel Cemetery in Rossville. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Carle Auxiliary Guest House. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Special thanks the Carle Hospital, Carle Cancer Center and all the many nurses, doctors and staff who took such good care of Gib throughout his battles with cancer.