The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


March 17, 2013

Robert J. Sheffler

TULSA, Okla. —

Robert J. Sheffler, age 84, of Tulsa, Okla., formerly of Joplin, passed away at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Rolling Hills Health Care in Tulsa.

Born June 20, 1928, in Joplin, he was the son of the late Joe John Sheffler and Myrtle Pearson Sheffler. Mr. Sheffler served in the U.S. Army for over 25 years, spanning World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 4. His service included helicopter and fixed wing aircraft piloting. His many decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze and Silver Stars, two Purple Hearts and the VN Cross of Gallantry. He retired from the military in 1971. Then went on to get his masters degree from MSSC.

He worked as a plant manager for Hoover Manufacturing in Leitchfield, Ky., for several years and on to Tupelo, Miss., where he retired and returned to Joplin in 1982. Mr. Sheffler lived in Joplin until 2011, and moved to Tulsa, to be near family.

On Jan. 6, 1948, he married Elsie Hasenpflug in South Dakota. They were married 56 years. She preceded him in death on Jan. 23, 2004.

He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Karri Sheffler; two sons, Robert Jr. and Mike Sheffler; and a brother, Dick Sheffler.

Survivors include three daughters, Linda Jackson and husband, Jim, of Tulsa, Judy Meroney and husband, Jim, of Willow Park, Texas, Kristy Hughes and husband, Chris, of Benton, La.; three grandchildren, Matthew and James Jackson and Chase Meroney; four great-grandchildren, Brittney and Braden Hughes, Delainey Jackson and Christian Meroney; two sisters, Barbara Fithian and husband, Don, of Beaumont, Calif., and Virginia Lemons and husband, Don, of Azle, Texas.

Memorial services, with Military Honors, will be held on Saturday, March 23, at 3 p.m. at Parker Chapel with Robert Bigelow officiating, after which the family will receive friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to either The Alzheimer's Association or The Wounded Warrior Project in care of Parker Mortuary.

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