Douglas B. Sheridan, 85, of Tonopah, Ariz., died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003 in Phoenix. He was born May 14, 1917 in Ashville, Cambria County, Pa. and was the fifth child of Joseph Louis Chirdon and Olive Mary Douglass.
During the late 1930s, Mr. Sheridan moved to Arizona to join his father, Louis Sheridan, and uncle, Dennis Sheridan. He worked for his uncle at Sheridan's Roofing Company, and met his future wife, Georgia Mae Boley.
Mr. Sheridan was in the U.S. Army for 20 years, serving in Germany and France during World War II. He was an ROTC instructor at both North High School (1945-1949) and Phoenix Union High School (1954-1957).
His 1946 North High Rifle Team was best in the nation, and one of his PUHS squads was rated 14th.
During most of his military career, he was a small-arms instructor and involved in the Army's shooting programs at Camp Gordon, Ga., Phoenix, and Port Richardson, Alaska.
In 1958, then Master Sgt. Sheridan of the Presidio, San Francisco, was the 166th sharpshooter since 1884 to wear both of the military's highest marksmanship awards, the Distinguished Marksmanship Badges for rifle and pistol. He retired from the Army in 1958.
After retirement, Mr. Sheridan returned to ROTC instruction at Arizona State University.
The Sheridans lived many places during their years together, including the Alaska Territory, Young, Ariz., LaGrange, Ga., Wilcox, Ariz., and their last years in Phoenix and Tonopah, Ariz.
He is survived by three children, George Louis Sheridan of Valley, Ala., Roberta Dale Hall of Prescott and Douglas Leon Sheridan of Tonopah, Ariz.; grandchildren, Tracy Cummings, George Sheridan Jr., Deborah Berry, Cheryl Hall, Gayle Nay, Randy Hall, Douglas Sheridan, Lori Hatchett and Lisa Still; great-grandchildren, Brandi Cummings, Chad Cummings, April Sheridan, George "Louie" Sheridan, Steven White, Rebecca Berry, Shelby Berry, Matthew Nay, Aaron Nay, Eleanor Hall, Cristian D. O'Brien and Jesse Hatchett.
Mr. Sheridan was preceded in death by his wife after 61 years of marriage.
Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 3 at the A.L. Moore Grimshaw Mortuary in Phoenix.