Funeral service for James William Sherwood will be 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Chelsea with the Rev. Gerald Biswell officiating.

Burial with military honors by the VFW 5th District Rifle Squad will follow at Winganon Cemetery under the direction of the Chelsea Funeral Home & Crematory.

Jim died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, at his home at the age of 54.

The son of Roy William and Barbara (Caine) Sherwood was born August 5, 1953, in Wichita, KS. The family moved to Wyandotte, OK, while Jim was in the first grade, and he graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1971. Jim continued his education at Northeastern Oklahoma University until he joined the U.S. Army. He came back 3 years later and graduated with his associate's degree. He received his bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University in economics and went to work for the Federal Government. He started in the Ag department and worked his way up to the Corp of Engineers. He was promoted to the Department of Energy working in the Rates Department in 1988, where he stayed until his retirement on March 3, 2006. He was also very active with the Eastern Shawnee Indian Tribe in Seneca, Mo., serving on their business committee and a member of the Board of Directors for People's Bank in Seneca, Mo.

Jim moved to Chelsea in 1990, where he made his home on his 80 acre farm that he loved dearly. He enjoyed hunting, farming, and attending his children's activities.

Jim is survived by his wife of 19 years, Janiece Marie (McElrath) Sherwood, of the home; children, Tiffany Parker of Fort Worth, TX, Shawn Sherwood of Miami, Nikki Sherwood of Catoosa, John Sherwood of Chelsea, and Kaylin Sherwood of Chelsea; his grandchildren, Mattison Parker, Neely Parker, Jaydn Sherwood, Kate-Lynn Rorstrom, and Jake Rorstrom; his parents, Bill Sherwood and Barbara Miller; brothers, John, Don and Ron Sherwood; sister, Tammy Harding, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, James William Sherwood, and grandmother, Rosa Ella Sherwood.

A special thank you to Debi Temple and her family for all their help and support during Jim's illness.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson's Association.

View Jim's online tribute and sign his memory book at

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