Sheldon Charles Claycomb, 88, Osterburg, went home to be with his Lord and Savior early Saturday morning, Oct. 24, 2020, at home, with his loving family by his side.
He was born Jan. 1, 1932, in Weyant, son of the late Harry and Ardella (Weyant) Claycomb.
On Dec. 23, 1956, in Winchester, Va., he married Violet Eicher and they enjoyed nearly 62 years together, until her death Oct. 30, 2018.
He is survived by two sons, Richard of Osterburg and Lon, married to Pam (Whysong) of Bedford, and two daughters, Amy, married to Carl Brenner of Bakers Summit and Holly Claycomb of Osterburg. He is also survived by grandchildren: Mathew "Frank" Claycomb of Osterburg, who was raised in the home, Bradley Claycomb and wife, Autumn (Snyder), of Bedford, Brandon Claycomb and wife, Christine (Hengst), of Ligonier and Jessica (Claycomb), married to Casey Herbert of Bedford, great-grandchildren Korbin, Kaydence, Briar, Gage, Nash, Tad, Ridge, Noelon, Sugaree and Breckin; sisters-in-law Mary Claar of Claysburg, Alice Brown of Queen and Gail Eicher of Claysburg; as well as cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Kelly Claycomb on Sept. 28, 2018; brothers and sisters: Curtis (Violet), Dean (Ruth), Vernon (Rhoda), Alton (Zelma), Merle (Edna), Rayford (Betty), Leahbelle (Joe Hofmann), Darle and Opal.
He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Sheldon was a Korean War veteran, having served in the United States Army from December 1952 to October 1954. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
He was a Christian and a member of the Weyant United Methodist Church and often attended Lower Claar Church of the Brethren, Claysburg. He was a graduate of Bedford High School. He worked on the Pennsylvania Turnpike with the tunnel construction, and also worked for PennDOT. He helped build and then worked as a hydraulic maintenance mechanic at Proctor Silex, Tipton, until its closing. He was known as "Skeeter" while working at Proctor. He then worked in Red Lion and at Jensen in Punxsutawney. After retiring, he worked as a maintenance mechanic at various hotels in Breezewood, including the Ramada, and retired again in his early 80s, this time as a maintenance mechanic from Homewood at Spring House Estates, Everett.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, repairing things, tinkering in the garage, listening to Elvis, reading poetry, traveling and going for long car rides with his wife. He also leaves behind his bird, Tweeter, pup Bailey, and cats Simon and Theodore.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Van Zandt VA Medical Center for their care, as well as Conemaugh Home Nursing and Conemaugh Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Claysburg Food Bank, a local animal shelter or a charity of your choice.
As per Sheldon's wishes, there will be no services.
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Claysburg Food Bank
Claysburg PA 16625
Central PA Humane Society
1837 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd, Altoona PA 16602
Bedford County Humane Society
182 Bohn Road, Bedford PA 15522