Fredrick R. Sheldon, 78, passed from his earthly life on July 1, 2019 in his home in Abilene, KS.

He was born March 22, 1941 in Lincoln, KS, to Walter and Mable (Chapman) Sheldon. He attended school in Lincoln County and graduated from Vesper High School. In 1978 he married Benji (Roth).

Fred spent several years farming in the Lincoln area where he later joined the Lincoln County Sherriff Department as a deputy. His law enforcement career carried him to the police departments of Minneapolis and Herington, KS, and sheriff departments in the Kansas counties of Ottawa, Morris and Dickinson. He finished out his employment years as a supervisor for El Dorado Bus Mfg. in Salina, KS.

He also served on the Lincoln School Board and enjoyed a few years coaching girls softball.

Fred is survived by his wife Benji of the home, daughters Sharon Collins of Russell, KS, Shelia Smither of Great Bend, KS, and Betty Manolakis of Bennet, CO, stepson Tracy Roth of Herington, KS, brothers Paul and Ben of Washington state, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother John, sister Bess Sorenson and stepson Rex Roth.

There will be a celebration of life luncheon at the Hitching Post Restaurant in Abilene, KS, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 6, 2019.

Memorials contributions may be made to the Elsie Brooks Memorial Cancer Fund and may be sent in care of the Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 N.W. Third Street, Abilene, KS 67410. Online condolences may be sent to

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