Earl "Junior" Nesbitt, 91, Sheridan, passed away Thursday afternoon, Feb. 21, 2019 surrounded by his loving family at Copper Trace in Westfield.

Born Oct. 31, 1927 in Terhune, Indiana, he was the son of the late Earl and Anna Desiree (McCoskey) Nesbitt, Sr.

After finishing school at Terhune, Mr. Nesbitt hired on at the Wilson Milk Company in Sheridan and stay with the company for about a decade. When it was time to leave Wilson's, he hired on at Biddle Screw Products. He worked as a machinist and lathe operator for 37 years until taking his retirement in 1990.

On Jan. 6, 1948 he married the love of his life, Phyllis M. (Ottinger). She preceded him in death on Jan. 22, 2012.

In every small town all across the country, there are always those special people who have been there as long as you can remember. Nobody can really tell how or when they first met them, they just always seem to have known them. Every meeting with them comes with a story about people and places that are long since gone, but they make them seem as if you were just there yesterday. You can usually set your clocks by their daily activities around town, and when you don't see them that day, something feels different, but you just can't put your finger on it. On Thursday, Sheridan lost one of those people. Junior Nesbitt loved people. He had a way about him that seemed to make your day better for having seen him. Every since retirement, and probably long before that, he had his dedicated route of people and places around town that he needed to visit. Sometimes the order was different and sometimes there were additions to the schedule depending on the time of year, but he pretty much tried to keep to his scheduled rounds. In the spring and summer, Mr. Nesbitt turned his love of vegetable gardening into a reason to visit. He would just drop by, out of the blue, with some fresh produce straight from his garden. Usually with the deliveries would come with a story, sometimes two, and then off to the next stop. Sometimes he would get so caught up in the story that he would forget to leave the produce he brought and have to make a return trip later in the day. He loved making people feel better, and there wasn't anything he wouldn't do for anyone. If someone need something, he was there, a smile on his face, and a couple stories to help pass the time.

Mr. Nesbitt was also one of those people who seemed to take to just about anything he tried. He was a skilled woodworker, restoring and refinishing furniture. And if there a project to work on around the house, he had no problems meeting it head on. He also loved tinkering around with his Harley.

Survivors include his two sons, Larry E. (Ann) Nesbitt of Heritage Lake, Ind. and Rex A. (Jeanna) Nesbitt of Sheridan; his daughter, Deborah (Jeff) Merriman of Sheridan; three grandchildren, Michael (Kim) Nesbitt of Terre Haute, Whitney (Ellis Ritchie) Merriman of Anderson and Amber Merriman of Sheridan; four-and-a-half great-grandchildren, Heather Nesbitt, Brittany Nesbitt, Malik Harris, Linkoln Merriman and Willa is on the way; two great-great-grandchildren, Corbin and Brylin Nesbitt; a sister, Joie Stephens of Noblesville; a sister-in-law, Betty Sedwick; and a brother-in-law, Bob (Ann) Ottinger.

Other than his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James, Vaughn, Harold "Shiner", John, Charles and Frank; and two sisters, Rosanna Hawkins and Violet Nesbitt.

Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St. in Sheridan. Burial will follow at Crown View Cemetery in Sheridan. Pastor Carol Fritz will be officiating. Family and friends may pay their respects from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.