Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

October 11, 2016
Kenneth Scott Sheets

Obit Kenneth Scott SheetsKenneth Scott Sheets, age 95, died in Tooele, Utah on Oct. 4, 2016. He was born in Tooele on May 20, 1921, to Don M. Sheets and Mary Sheets. He graduated from Tooele High School, spent a year working at the local copper smelter, and in order to satisfy his love of airplanes, he attended Curtiss Wright Technical Institute in Glendale, California. Upon graduation he was hired by Boeing Airplane Company in Seattle, Washington on Aug. 11, 1941. Ken married Frances Tyler in 1942. They had one adopted son, Robert. Frances passed away in 1986 after a long debilitating bout with osteoporosis. Robert passed away in 1988. After 41 years at Boeing, 37 years in management, Ken retired in 1982 to care for his ailing wife. During his tenure at Boeing he worked on all of the Boeing airplanes of that time — A20, B17, 377, C97, B47, B52, 707, 727, 737, and 747. In addition, he was involved in the development of the Minuteman and Bomarc missiles and the Dynasoar X-20 space vehicle, which was a precursor to today’s space shuttle. Most of his time at Boeing was with the quality assurance organization. He also put in time in the engineering and manufacturing aspects of the business. Ken’s dream of working on airplanes was fulfilled. Ken’s interests were many. He spent many happy hours fishing with his son and hunting with his good friend Bert Petersen in Washington State. He loved to hike and climb mountains including the scaling of Mt. Rainier three times. He took particular pleasure in cutting large walnut trees, curing the wood and designing and producing an end product. He was a skilled woodworker, spending much of his available time on cabinetry and beautiful gun stocks. In later years, pretty much confined to the “flatlands” because of his two hip replacements, he added rock hounding to his list of interests. This fit in with his lifelong interest in early man in North America. His most recent focus was searching for the source of a rare type of agate utilized by Clovis people 12,000 years ago, and he succeeded. Ken married Vivian Elizabeth Carman, his high school sweetheart in 1987. They established a home in Tooele, Utah and had 20 beautiful years together until Vivian’s death on March 27, 2008. Vivian and Ken spent many happy times RVing the western states, enjoying the scenery and each others company. Ken is survived by his granddaughter Laurie Trepanier (Darin) of Auburn, Washington; his daughter-in-law Paula Sassell of Rail Road Flat, California; grandson Robert Sheets of St. Helens, Oregon; his brother Ed Sheets (Loris deceased) of Lincoln, Utah and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at Tate Mortuary, 110 S. Main Street, Tooele at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, with a visitation one hour prior. Burial will be at the Tooele City Cemetery. There will be a remembrance gathering at the Benchmark Village Clubhouse in Tooele following the graveside service.

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