Joe Bilby, 90, passed away April 23, 2020.

His parents were Ottis and Ruby Bilby of Sheridan.

Mr. Bilby was a longtime resident of Sheridan, having graduated from Sheridan High School in 1948. He married Gloria Harris on March 3, 1957 – she preceded him in death in December 2017.

Shortly after high school, when he was farming with his father, he was drafted into the US Army and proudly served in Korea during the war. He was a lifelong patriot with a keen interest in military history – a member of the American Legion, he volunteered as precinct committeeman and marshal for years of elections.

Mr. Bilby identified with the farmers of the area, farming his own ground as well as leading fertilizer and petroleum operations in both Hamilton and Boone co unties for various farm co-operatives over several decades.

He was a founding member of the Sheridan Lion’s Club where he served in various leadership positions. He was also a long-standing member of the Biddle Park Board making many a lemon shake-up on the 4th of July at the park. During retirement, he enjoyed morning coffee with the guys uptown where he got “educated,” the occasional round of golf with friends and going to military airshows – but always looked forward to the arrival of his three granddaughters from Texas.

Survivors include his son and best friend Steven of Noblesville; son Curt (Diane) of Austin Texas; three granddaughters, Sarah (Los Angeles), Mary Grace (Chicago) and Jane (Austin).

Besides his wife Gloria, he was preceded in death by his parents, Ottis and Ruby Bilby of Sheridan and sister, Esther Bailey, Sheridan.

A graveside service with military honors was held at Crown View Cemetery in Sheridan. Because of limitations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, regrettably, no visitors were allowed.

For memorial contributions, please consider a charitable donation to the Sheridan Lion’s Club, 508 E. 6th St., Sheridan, IN 46069, or better yet, a fond remembrance shared with family and friends during this health crisis to lighten the mood of this stressful time or you can visit Fisher Family Funeral Services is honored to serve the Bilby Family.