Ray Alan Sheeler

October 14, 1946July 9, 2017
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Ray A. Sheeler of Columbia City, Indiana, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, July 9th. He was an exceptional father, a devoted brother and uncle, a great friend and a generous and hard-working professional, Board member, and volunteer.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Phil and Bea Sheeler (Kraemer), brother Dr. Gary L. Sheeler, and son, Travis Ryan Sheeler.

He is survived by his daughter, Kylie Rae Sheeler, and sisters Susan K. Smith (Ted) of Bluffton, IN, and Carla G. Mitchell (Mitch) of Louisville, KY, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, and two great-nieces.

After a very successful career in business, sales, and finance, Ray devoted his retirement years to helping to distribute food, to providing financial education, to helping underprivileged girls develop the skills for a successful life, and to registering voters, among other things. His intelligence, generosity and spirit were monumental.

A memorial service is scheduled for this Saturday, July 15th at 2:00 p.m. at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas 75225. The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, it was Ray’s wish that donations be made in his honor to:

Valparaiso University 1700 Chapel Drive Valparaiso, IN 46383

Donations will be used for scholarship aid pursuant to the Travis Ryan Sheeler Endowed Scholarship.


  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, July 15, 2017
  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 15, 2017

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Tom Ingram

July 17, 2017

Ray was a fine professional and a welcome contributor to the Dallas Institute of Management Consultants. He was particularly generous in helping me - my website bears numerous marks of Ray's input.

He will be sorely missed and I pray God's comfort for his daughter and family in this time.

Debby Bosselman

July 15, 2017

I met Ray through a professional organization of Servant Leaders. Not only did Ray embody Servant Leadership but his generous support and time helped to develop the organization and many of its members. Ray brought a smile to all who met him. He will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Ray's family and friends. God bless.

CCHS Alumni Association

July 15, 2017

May God give you strength in this time of grief and fond memories of Ray Alan Sheeler, CCHS Alumni Class of 1965.
The Alumni of CCH extends sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers to Ray's family.
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Jerry Dixon

July 15, 2017

The Dixons are sorry for your loss, Kylie. Your father was a very nice man. A good man.

Joe Hoffman

July 14, 2017

I was very sorry to learn of Ray's passing. I have known Ray for over 30 years and worked with him professionally, but also considered him a friend. Ray was a very nice person and I know he was extremely proud of Kylie. You have my deepest sympathy.

Joe Milkes

July 14, 2017

I was honored to know Ray from a business relationship. Reading the guest book makes me realize that I barely knew him. Unfortunately in biz, we just don't take the time or make the effort to know each other fully. Thanks for sharing the photos. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Terry "TB" Baugher

July 13, 2017

Ray was simply my best friend in the world for over five decades. The void he has left is immeasurable.

July 12, 2017

I'm so sorry for this loss. Kylie, you and your family are in my heart!

-With sympathy

Brad Wohlander

July 12, 2017

Ray was so many things: father, brother, uncle, friend, fellow Board member, confidant, mentor, sage advisor and peerless companion.

His passing leaves a void that can never be filled.

July 12, 2017

I have known Ray Sheeler almost half of my life. He came into it larger than life, making a huge impact on me, which eventually led us to a married life of over 25 years. Like many marriages, ours had its' high and low times, but we enjoyed several things together - his love of art, our attempt at camping & the out of doors, and of course traveling. Our marriage helped mold me into the person I am -- his influence impacted me greatly. Most importantly, our marriage produced two incredible children, our boy Travis with whom we journeyed a harrowing road, and our lustrous girl Kylie, in whom we both shared immeasurable pride & joy. Ray was unique; not a replacement to be found. I would not be me without him, and Ray, I will do my utmost to continue to help guide our girl in a way that would make you proud. LoLo