COLUMBUS – Bartholomew County officials are mourning the loss of a long-time county employee who was killed Saturday afternoon in a car accident on State Road 129.
According to Indiana State Police reports, 66-year-old Lenord “Ray” Sheldon Jr. of Elizabethtown was pronounced dead at the scene. Sheldon worked in the Bartholomew County Surveyor’s Office for more than 30 years.
The Bartholomew County Commissioners remembered Sheldon during their commissioners’ meeting. Commissioner Larry Kleinhenz said Sheldon was always very professional and responsive. County engineer Danny Hollander said Sheldon was very particular and accurate in his work.
Troopers say a pickup was traveling north on State Road 129 when the driver crossed the centerline into the path of Sheldon’s car. Sheldon was traveling south on State Road 129.
Sheldon’s wife, 59-year-old Beth A. Sheldon who was a passenger in the car suffered serious injuries. She was flown by helicopter to University of Cincinnati Hospital for treatment.