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Dr. John Sheller (K8RR)

September 11, 2011

Dr. John Richard Sheller, DDS, age 68, of Wetmore, Inwood Township, Michigan, formerly of Canal Winchester, Ohio, went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 12, 2011 at the Munising Memorial Hospital, Munising, Michigan. Born December 26, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan to the late James Richard and Katharine (Schmid) Sheller, also preceded in death by son David Scott Sheller and wife Sharon L. Sheller. He was a 1960 graduate of Wooster High School, attended Fenn College (now Cleveland State Univ.) from 1960-61, Univ. of North Dakota from 1961-63, and graduated from the Ohio State Univ., College of Dentistry in 1968. He enjoyed membership in the TKE fraternity during college. He operated a successful dental practice in Groveport, Ohio from 1968 until his retirement in 1997, and he and his wife moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in 1999. Member of the Columbus Dental Assoc, Ohio Dental Assoc. and American Dental Assoc. He was a volunteer police officer for the Groveport Madison Police Dept. from 1969-82, and was a volunteer for the Madison Township Fire Dept. from 1969-75; he was elected to two-terms with the Madison Township School Bd. from 1977-81, and was President of the School Bd. in 1981. His passion was amateur radio, where his call-sign was K8RR, he enjoyed electronics, building his own radio-stations, studying history and astronomy, riding his snowmobile, auto racing, and politics. Member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), Columbus Amateur Radio Assoc., Co-Founder of the Mad River Radio Club, Co-Founder of the Central Ohio DX Radio Club, former Chairman of ARRL, DXCC Advisory Committee, he held the #1 position in the ARRL, DXCC Honor Roll, active in contesting, public (radio) service, founded Design Electronics, founded DOCS High Performance, he raced cars from 1957-64, and competed at the National Championships in Indianapolis in 1964, member of the Schoolcraft Snowmobile Assoc., and was member of the MENSA Society since 1973. He attended Groveport Presbyterian Church, Grace Bible Church in Canal Winchester and currently attended Munising Baptist Church. Survived by loving wife of 24 years, Brenda (Marchington); son, Jack Richard Sheller; grandsons, Nathan, Devin and Caleb Sheller; mother-in-law, Corabelle (Brooks) Marchington; sisters-in-law, Debra Marchington, Teresa Hicks and Tonita Abel Milliser; nieces and many dear friends, and his golden retrievers "Shelley" "Meggie" and "Flag" were his dear companions. Friends may visit Friday from 12Noon-8 p.m. at the DWAYNE R. SPENCE FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 650 W. Waterloo St., Canal Winchester 43110, where funeral service and celebration of life will be 11 a.m. Saturday. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Rev. Curtis Emerson officiating. Donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Jacksonville, Florida 32256 in his memory. Online condolences available at Published in The Columbus Dispatch on September 15, 2011

Contributed by: Steve P. Gecewicz (K0CS) Doc, WA8ZDF, was the man in the W8 District in the 1970's. He was a major influence to many DXers in the Ohio region and he inspired me like Frank Schwab, W8OK did, when I lived in Dayton, Ohio from 1971-1975, a mile from HARA Arena.

Contributed by: Steve P. Gecewicz (K0CS)

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