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Byron Sidney Sheldon

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On Friday, May 17, 2013, passed from his earthly home in Herndon, VA to his heavenly home from Pancreatic Cancer surrounded by his wife and children at his side. He was born in Nashville, TN and upon graduation from high school joined the United States Marines in 1960 where he started his 20 career with the "oldest post in the Corps" at the 8th & I Barracks. During his military career, he graduated from Chaminade University of Honolulu. Upon retirement from the Marine Corps, he began a 25 year career in the security/locksmith field which also included Founder and President of Sheldon's Locksmith Service. After being on staff at his church in Reston, VA, he continued to serve the Lord as a volunteer and giving history presentations to the home school groups. Byron will be best remembered, not just as a locksmith helping people locked out of businesses/homes/autos, but by his willingness to always be available to help people no matter what the need or how far he had to travel. For the last several years he belonged to the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 227 where he was President for 3 years helping all veterans and the wounded warriors.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Diane M. Sheldon, son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Elizabeth of Waterford, VA, son Steve of Falls Church, VA and Grandson Logan of Athens, Ohio.

A celebration of his life will be held June 5, 2013 at 4:00 PM at Reston Bible Church, 45650 Oakbrook Court, Dulles, VA 20166. Graveside services with military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Gifts may be given to the Reston Bible Church Benevolent Fund (at above address) or to Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 227, PO Box 5653, Arlington, VA 22205 (in Byron Sheldon's memory).


Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington, VA

September 11, 2013
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Arlington National Cemtery

Arlington, VA

September 11, 2013
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  1. A loving husband and father, a brother marine that served his country with honors. A life that wasn’t fully attained and shorten so the Lord could take him home. We will know him as the Gunny but the Lord will call him a Shepard as he will help watch over His flock. We will miss you Byron but will always know that thru Dianne we will know he’s with us.

  2. What a privilege & pleasure to have known Byron for so many years. He will never be forgotten not only for who he was but for all the blessings he bestowed on us all. Rest in peace

  3. He is with our good Father in all the beauty of his youth, beginning to know as he as been known, rejoicing in the presence of the Lord. Blessings on you Diane and all the family. Martha

  4. We miss you, Byron, and you will always be with us. So happy for the many memories we have of you and Diane together. You were such a blessing to so many, including ourselves. It gives us great peace to know you are with our loving Lord.

  5. You are with the Lord now and receiving the rewards you so deserve. So happy for you, yet we miss you. Looking forward to the reunion that the Lord is preparing for so many of us. Heaven is our goal.

  6. Bryon, the Streets of Heaven will be more secure now that you have joined the guard there. Semper Fi Brother, Dave Horne USMC (Ret.)

  7. Diane, Thinking of you and your family at this sad time. Please call anytime or come by for a hug. Jamie

  8. I knew Byron when we were both stationed at the Barracks Guard Section. As a Matter of fact he had the lower bunk and I had the upper bunk. We often shared our shoe polish and Brasso. I lost track of Byron over the years till about three years ago, when we did correspond a bit then I lost track again. My thoughts go out to you and your family and knowing that Byron was without a doubt a True Marine, and a great AND HONORABLE MAN. So sorry for your loss, but hold on to all of the great memories large and small. Regards NELSON J. MALCOLM SGT USMC BARRACKS GUARD SECTION 8TH AND I WASHINGTON D.C.

  9. Rest In Peace Marine. We all belong to the most Revered Fraternity in the World. We will always be a Band Of Brothers. You and your Family will always be remembered in our Prayers.

  10. Dear Diane and other members of the Sheldon Family. Please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences on Byron’s passing. He was a SPECIAL man / Marine and he will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him! To gain a better understanding of Byron’s duties while stationed at 8th & I (the oldest post in the Corps), please visit … Rest in peace, Byron! Well done, Marine!!!! God Bless the Sheldon Family! John T. & Mary Lou Reim, 8th & I, 1958-1961 "Semper Fi"

  11. We just heard from Jerry Givan that Bryon Sidney has passed. Guess the next time we see him will be in glory. May God continue to comfort you during this difficult time.

  12. Dear Diane and Family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Byron was a good man and one of the few men I ever met that I truly respected. He was a beacon for so many and touched every person’s life he met in a positive way. May God bless you with his love and give you comfort in your greatest hour of need.

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