UNION GROVE-Earl Lucian Sheldon, age 91, passed through heavens gates on Oct. 6, 2012. He was born on June 11, 1921, in Oak Park, Ill. Earl was raised in Madison and attended UW-Madison. He served his country from 1943 until 1946; and was that of a Marine Captain, Corsair pilot in the Pacific theatre. He was commissioned to Major upon retirement. Earl was a lifeguard at Shorewood Hills and Lake Mendota. He and brother, Robert, established a builder’s hardware business, “Sheldon Hardware” in Chicago. Earl retired as an architectural engineer. He engineered the redesign and hardware for the main doors of the Vatican in Italy. Earl and former wife, Marion, raised their five children in Palatine, Ill. Earl became an integral member of American Legion Post No. 690 in Palatine, proudly serving as the financial accountant and bar manager in his retirement years. Earl was an avid golfer, tennis player, pool player, and skier. He was a six year resident at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in Union Grove.

Earl is survived by his children, Karl Douglas Sheldon of Fla., Kay Volz of Fla., Kendy Varnum of Calif., Kristy Sheldon of Minn.; grandchildren, Kevin Volz of Colo. and Tracy Volz of Fla.; great-granddaughter, Gillian of Colo.; brother, Don Sheldon of Oregon; many nieces and nephews; and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents,

Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, Gunderson_Funeral 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 with Rev. Le Ann de Montes presiding. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park with military honors being conducted. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from Noon until the time of service on Saturday.