Fred William Sheffler

January 15, 1943February 11, 2018
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Fred William Sheffler January 15, 1943- February 11, 2018 Resident of Grapevine

Fred "Fritz" William Sheffler, Jr., peacefully went to be with his Lord on Sunday 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 will be held at the Foust Funeral Home in Grapevine, Texas on February 24th at 2:00 pm.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 24, 2018

Fred William Sheffler

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Jeff P

February 24, 2018

My sincere condolences to the family and friends.
I'm so sorry for your loss. May God "comfort your hearts and make you firm". 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17

February 24, 2018

Thank you Sir for making this world a better place. We need more heroes to follow in your footsteps!!
I can only pray your lucky grandsons will do just that.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Army Veteran Witt

Edith Peters

February 21, 2018

My husband, Bill, has never forgotten Fred's kindness when he landed in Japan from Viet Nam in 1968 for his R & R. Fred had the stewardess send Bill to the flight line to let him know that he, Judi (my cousin) and I were waiting in the terminal so when he deplaned he should watch for us.

Bill Bagley

February 20, 2018

I also flew with Fred, "The Great Shefftini", in the 480 TFS Warhawks. He was the type pilot that the navigators loved to fly with. Competent, knowledgeable, efficient, yet laid back with a zest for life. My prayers for his family and their loss.

Dennis Daley

February 18, 2018

Fred and I flew together in the 480th at Spangdahlem Germany. I was a new LT and Fred took me under his wing for my first checkride and certification. He was a great aviator and patient with me as well. The world will be a lesser place without Fred and my kindest regards to Judy.

Larry Overmyer

February 15, 2018

Fred and I flew together in the 480TFS "Great Warhawk Nation" at Spangdahlem AB GE, 1980-1983. I was a young Lt WSO and I flew many sorties with Fred. He taught me the ropes. We always came back from the range with quarters. Friend, mentor and all around great guy. Deepest sympathy and condolences.

Larry Overmyer

February 15, 2018

Fred and I flew together with the 480TFS "Great Warhawk Nation" at Spangdahlem AB, GE 1980-1983. I was fortunate to fly many sorties with Fred and we always came back with some quarters from the range. A truly great guy and aviator. My deepest sympathy and condolences.

Marty Zickert

February 15, 2018

Sorry to hear of Fred's passing - seems like such a long time ago we were fellow Warhawks. Condolences to the family.

Dee Friesen

February 15, 2018

Fred was a great guy. He and I flew together in the 480 TFS at Spangdahlem AB, Germany. He amazed everyone when he showed up with a personal computer. We all looked on in amazement as he quickly convinced us of the usefulness of the computer by preparing the squadron recall rosters, etc. It was a while before we learned he had a MIG kill in Vietnam. Fred was not one to brag about his accomplishments.

Fred convinced me to accept the offer to fly for American Airlines. I enjoyed hearing about his Apple computer activities and admired his many volunteer services.

He also looked good in his lederhosen.

Fly well Fred, we will miss you.

Dee Friesen
Albuquerque, NM

Mark Massen

February 15, 2018

Fred and I flew together as Rocketeers with the 336 TFS (4TFW). we deployed to Vietnam together, flew many missions, had some "interesting" aerial encounters. He was my mentor, friend, and an overall outstanding "Good Buddy." The world is a lesser place now, and he will be missed. Hang on DC's wing. Meet you in the rejoin someday. "Gunner" Massen