Clifford Earl Biddle, 86, Sheridan, passed away Wednesday evening, Sept. 1, 2021, at IU North Hospital.
Born April 28, 1935 in Ekin, Ind., he was the son of the late Ralph Raymond and Anna Marie (Lockridge) Biddle.
Mr. Biddle was a 1953 graduate of Sheridan High School and proudly served his country overseas in the United States Army during the Korean War.
On May 29, 1959 he married Carolyn Sue (Burtron) Biddle in Lebanon.
After his time in the service he went to work for the Foxworthy Auto Dealership in Sheridan, and later, Don Ross Ford in Tipton. With a few years in the auto industry under his belt, he decided to move to the supply side of the industry. He hired on with Delco Remy in Anderson as a mechanic and skilled tradesman, helping to keep their fleet of forklifts and other heavy machinery in working order. Equipment downtime was not an option. He retired from the company in 2000 after 25 years of dedicated service.
Mr. Biddle loved being a part of the Sheridan community and served in many ways throughout the years. For 62 years he was an active member of the Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a member of the Sheridan Rotary Club, where he served terms as both Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors for the club.
He was a lifelong member of the Boxley United Methodist Church. Mr. Biddle faithfully served the congregation for many years as member of the Board of Trustees. After the church at Boxley closed, he began attending the Sheridan First United Methodist Church. With that same dedication, he humbly served his new church family on their Board of Trustees. He was also a member of the Cemetery Board for the Boxley Cemetery Association, serving as the President for many years.
Mr. Biddle loved farming and raising pigs, but family was truly where his heart was focused. His grandkids were his passion in life. If they were involved in it, then grandpa was their biggest supporter. He had always been a Sheridan Blackhawk fan, but when the grandkids started playing sports, he couldn't get enough, traveling anywhere and everywhere to watch them play.
As the years passed by, the cold Indiana winters became less and less appealing. Mr. and Mrs. Biddle decided to try their hand at wintering in Florida, and after that first winter, they were hooked on the snowbird lifestyle. For the next 16 years Lake Placid, Fla. was their wintertime base of operations.
Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Carolyn Sue; two sons, Tim E. Biddle of Sheridan and Troy A. (Tina) Biddle of Atlanta; eight grandchildren, Miranda Biddle, Ty (Stephanie) Biddle, Wes (Jailyn) Biddle, Whitney (Zach) Biddle, Chris (Madison) Teuscher, Luke Snodgrass, Lilly Snodgrass and Eli Biddle; nine great-grandchildren, Connor Horn, Corbin Horn, Waylyn Grinstead, Knox Grinstead, Hudson Biddle, Aggie Biddle, McKenna Teuscher, Layton Teuscher and Berkley Teuscher; great-great grandchild, Kenzlee Horn; two brothers, Ralph Biddle of Sheridan and Marvin Biddle of Tipton; a sister, Marilyn Adams of Sheridan; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law, Carolyn Biddle; brother-in-law, Robert Adams; and daughter-in-law, Rhonda Biddle.
Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, at the Sheridan First United Methodist Church, 207 E. 2nd St. in Sheridan. Family and friends may pay their respects from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Burial is arranged at Boxley Cemetery. Pastor John Meunier will be officiating.
Memorial contributions may be presented to the Sheridan First United Methodist Church, or to the Sheridan Fire Department.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kercheval Funeral Home in Sheridan.