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Daniel W Sheek III

Obituary for Daniel W Sheek III

January 12, 1931 - September 15, 2019
Greenwood, Indiana | Age 88


Daniel W. Sheek III

He was the eldest son of Daniel Walter Sheek II and Edna Elizabeth Stevenson Sheek. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne (Ellspermann) Sheek, two brothers, David and James, a sister, Elizabeth Harpring, two nephews and four nieces, five grand nephews and two grand nieces. He was preceded in death by his brother, Tom.

Dan helped care for his family when their father died at age thirty-nine, had the care of his mother when was afflicted with MS. Prior to his aunt, Dr. Martha Sheek's death, he acted as her Power of Attorney.

Dan was in the Air Force from 1950 to 1954 serving as an operating-room technician. He was then put in charge of an obstetrical department. Within eighteen months, he advanced from Private to Staff Sargent. After the Korean War, he was employed by the West Baking Company. In 1951, Jefferson National Life Insurance Company hired Dan to work in the Agency Department. He then served as Supervisor of the Supply and Mail Department. His aptitudes demonstrated skills needed for computer programming and he was transferred to Data Processing. He left Jefferson National in 1977, to be employed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield where he served as a Programmer Analyst for Medicare and Medicaid. He retired from Blue Cross in 1989.

His hobbies were auto racing and photography. As a teenager he worked for his father's business, the Midwest Dirt Track Racing Association, doing all kinds of work to prepare for racing events in central Indiana. In later years, he worked for the Associated Press and the Indianapolis News as a freelance photographer. A milestone of the later career was the publication in the April 15, 1966, issue of Life Magazine of John Rutherford's crash at the Eldora track in Ohio.

Dan served as President of HARF (Hoosier Auto Racing Fans) and succeeded in getting the club back to being a successful organization. He was secretary for the CCCA (Classic Car Club of America). As a member of the Cadillac/LaSalle Club, he was Registrar for 720 members who attended the 2004 Grand National car show in South Bend, IN. Dan and Yvonne are members of the Historic Car Club in Greenwood. He contributed history and photos for the book Brick by Brick by Pat Sullivan and The Ghost of Jungle Park by Tom Williams.

In the early 1990's he assisted his wife when she was principal of St. Philip Neri Parochial School. He acted as her secretary, custodian and as an example for boys who had not known a male influence in their lives.

Dan's legacy is that of responsibility and caring for others.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 19 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel 481 W. Main Street. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 12:00 Friday at Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church 335 S. Meridian St. Greenwood, IN with calling from 11:00 to service time. He will be laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial Contributions can be made to Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church.

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