Rev. H. Sheldon Pattison

Rev. H. Sheldon PattisonRev. H. Sheldon Pattison, 94, of Pontiac died at 5 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003, at Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac.

He was born Nov. 4, 1908, in Noblesville, Ind., a son of Howard and Donna Lee Hart Pattison. He married Laura Grace Trimble. She preceded him in death. He then married Virginia Sue Bilyeu. She also preceded him death.

Surviving are one son, Carl Pattison of Chicago; one daughter, Donna Fishback of Omaha, Neb.; three stepsons, Donnie (and Lynn Kay) Bilyeu of Assumption, Danny (and Cathy) Bilyeu of Sarasota, Fla., and Ronnie Bilyeu of Taylorville; two stepdaughters, Vickie (and Rich) Boden of Assumption, and Patty (and Raymond) Barding of Decatur; two half brothers, Paul Pattison of Columbus, Ind., and David Pattison of San Diego, Calif.; one half sister, Ruth Ann Logan of Cincinnati, Ohio; 17 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

He was a minister from 1935-1974. His pastoral appointments included Putnamville, Mount Meridian, Patricksburg Circuit, Thawville, LaHogue, Astoria, Vermont, Sheldons Grove, Geneseo, Lincoln, Pontiac and Taylorville. He was also United Methodist Decatur District superintendent. He retired in 1974.

He graduated from Southport High School in Indianapolis, Ind. He graduated from Indiana University with an A. B. degree after studying at DePauw University, where he was a rector scholar and attended Garrett Theological Seminary School of Evanston. He received an honorary doctorate of divinity from Illinois Wesleyan University.

He was involved in the Salvation Army and the Boy Scouts. He was on the founding board of Evenglow Lodge.

He had been a printing press operator before entering the ministry.

Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Pontiac with Rev. Dan Harry officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Burial will be in Washington Park Cemetery in Indianapolis. Duffy Funeral Home of Pontiac is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Evenglow Lodge.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 2/26/2003

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