Kenneth W. Sheffield, former resident Niceville, and most recently Panama City Beach, FL passed away unexpectedly April 26, 2020 at the age of 62. Born October 11, 1957 in Montgomery, Alabama, Ken (Kenny) knew no strangers. His vibrant, outgoing personality instantly made him a friend to everyone he met. Ken grew up in Millbrook AL, the youngest of five children. He met the love of his life Clair, thru divine intervention, when she was a nurse at Jackson Hospital in Montgomery AL. Together, they raised their only son Austin who was his pride and joy. Ken extraordinarily and faithfully supported his family, as Clair served in the United States Air Force for 28 years. Ken was the mighty force that navigated and eased the many challenges encountered with the many assignment changes and frequent moves in support of the military.
Ken was a devoted and loving husband, father, brother, and friend. He enjoyed a long profession as an automotive machinist - race engine engineer, and later was blessed with the opportunity to serve at the Niceville Crosspoint Church Campus. Ken was a master of all trades. He could build, repair, create what was needed by shear passion, thought, and ingenuity with the hand of the Lord guiding him all the way. He freely shared his gifts of inventiveness, cleverness, and resourcefulness with everyone in need; but most of all he shared his big beautiful smile and huge warm heart with everyone he encountered despite health issues. He always showed untiring compassion for everyone he met and was always ready to help others whenever and however he could.
Ken loved building race cars, riding Harley Davidson motorcycles and restoring hotrod cars. He had a true appreciation for all God’s creations. He especially loved the ocean, sunrises/sunsets, and all of nature. He saw each day as a wonderful gift from God.
He is preceded in death by his father, Avery F. Sheffield, his mother, Helen S. Sheffield, brother Louie Bell, and Sister Sandra Bell Lane.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years Clair Marie Josey Sheffield, his son Austin Tyler Sheffield, sister Ann Jackson, brother Frank Sheffield and numerous extended family and friends.
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, a Celebration of Life service will be held for Ken at the Niceville Crosspoint Church Campus at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please plant a tree in memory of Kenneth W. Sheffield or a memorial donation to your favorite charity.
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