The sun seemed to shine a little brighter this December 25, 2019, as William Leo Shetron, 79, of Columbia, South Carolina, returned to his Heavenly Home.
William was born to the late Leo M. & Marguerite Fransiscus, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on August 15, 1940. He was raised in West Palm Beach, Florida, graduating from Palm Beach High School and went on to earn a Bachler of Arts in Criminal Justice for Barry University.
“Major Bill” spent his life in service of others. Becoming an Eagle Scout at age 16, enlisting in the United States Navy, serving the residents of Palm Beach, Florida, as a police officer, and then as an officer for court services with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
As a police officer, achieving the rank of Major, William not only served the residents of the Town of Palm Beach, he provided dignitary protection for Presidents of the United States, Ambassadors, Dignitaries, and celebrities during their visits. Additionally, he served as a member of the S.W.A.T. team, trained as an explosive ordinance technician, and taught classes for the police academy.
William also served his community through the Free & Accepted Masons. He achieved the Thirty Third Degree in both the Scottish and York Rites. William was active with the Shriners as well. During retirement, William continued to serve others through The Humane Society, Meals on Wheels, and as an active member of his church. Throughout his career William accomplished many goals and achievements; the one he is most proud of was his love and service to his family.
William married his soul mate, Nadine, on May 7, 1965, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Together, they resided in Palm Springs, Florida for 36 years before retiring to Columbia, South Carolina. William is proceeded in death by his wife Nadine Toulson Shetron, his parents, Marguerite F. & Leo M. Shetron, and his brother, Ronald C. Shetron. William is survived by his loving son, Brian, daughter-in-law, Pamela, and grandson, Christian, of Charlotte, North Carolina; several nieces and nephews as well.
William is dearly missed by his loved ones, who celebrate his life and find comfort with the knowledge that he is at peace with his Creator and loved ones in Heaven. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 am on Friday, January 17, 2020, at Lake Worth Memory Gardens, 3041 Kirk Road, Lake Worth, Florida, 33461.
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