Thomas L. Sheets passed away Feb. 25 with his family by his side at his son Daniel “Boone” Sheets’ home in Chehalis, Washington. A celebration of life will be held in John Day at a later date.
He was born Aug. 22, 1941, in Aikin, Minnesota, to Art and Marge (Foster) Sheets. He and his family moved to Oregon in 1942. He graduated from Grant Union High School in 1959. After high school, he began attending Chicago Institute of Fine Arts in Chicago, Illinois. Sheets was a gifted artist with a love for pen and ink drawings. His talent was shared with his family along with stories of his experience, far from home, in a new culture and city. His memories were fond of the time he spent in Chicago, including attending games at Wrigley Field. Due to his father’s health and a strong desire to serve his family, he returned after 18 months. Once back in Oregon, he began a lifelong career in the logging industry. In 1968, he met his match in Penny (Cope) Waggoner. They wed in 1969, joining their families. The couple raised their sons, Ronald and Dennis Waggoner and Boone Sheets, at their family home in John Day. He established Sheets’ Logging Company in 1977. His work ethic was unparalleled and fueled by his love for the woods. He was happiest surrounded by nature with efficient and productive logging in his purview. His dedication and passion for providing for those he held dear fostered countless hours in the woods with his sons growing their own knowledge of the ins and outs of the timber industry.
Sheets is survived by his brother, Jerry Sheets; wife, Penny Sheets; sons, Ronald (Carol) Waggoner, Dennis (Christy) Waggoner and Boone (Jennifer Goble) Sheets; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two nephews; and one niece.