Fred William Sheffler
dec. 11 February 2018
Fred “Fritz” William Sheffler, Jr., peacefully went to be with his Lord on Sunday, 11 February 2018, surrounded by his family at home. He was born January 15, 1943 in Akron, Ohio, to Fred W. Sheffler, Sr. and Haydee Rose (Rapp) Sheffler. He was a graduate of Buchtel High School, attended Duke University and later graduates from Akron University. On November 20, 1965 he married his childhood sweetheart, Judith Ann Conrad. Fred proudly served 22 years in the United States Air Force as an F4 Phantom pilot. He served two tours in Vietnam and earned a silver star for shooting down a Mig 21 on August 15, 1972 while on a chaff mission north of Hanoi. He responded to the call “Take the Lead, Fred. Take the Lead”. It was one of the few Mig Kills during the War. After retiring from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel, he continued his aviation career for American Airlines for 16 years. He volunteered and was a Board Member of the Grapevine Library, served in the VIPS for the Grapevine Police and was an active member in the S.T.V. Almrausch
Fred was preceded in death by his parents and older sister, Dorothy McCaulley. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Judith Ann (Conrad) Sheffler; daughter, Astrid Sumpter and her husband Gary; son, William Sheffler and his wife Krista; and 5 grandsons Roman, Brock, Corbin, Harrison, and Benjamin. Memorial Services were held at the Foust Funeral Home in Grapevine, Texas on February 24th at 2:00 pm.
Fred Sheffler Memorial Service After-Action Report
Family, friends, and Warhawk comrades gathered in Grapevine, Texas, on 28 February 2018 to mourn the passing of Lt. Col. (Ret.) Fred William Sheffler (January 15, 1943 – February 11, 2018). Affectionately known as “Fritz” and “The Great Shefftini”, Fred passed away peacefully at home with his beloved wife Judi at his side on 11 February 2018, after a long and heroic battle with prostate cancer.
From memorial service attendee Chip Lamb: “The Warhawks were represented and a patriotic flower arrangement from the Great Warhawk Nation graced the service. Several nickels were placed next to Fred’s urn saluting Fred’s fighter pilot days. After retiring from the AF, he flew for American Airlines for 16 years before retiring, then he volunteered his time and computer skills to his local library, local police department, and numerous organizations. He was truly a gifted and giving person”.
Click HERE for Fred’s obituary. While there, watch the tribute video to see some great photos of Fred from his storied life, and read through the remembrances.
Fred will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery later this year.