William (Bill) Ellsworth Shearman, 92, of Fort Collins, CO, passed away peacefully after a brief
and unexpected illness on Saturday July 30, 2022. He was really looking forward to his 93 rd
birthday, just 11 days away. Bill was surrounded by his loving family and is now reunited with
his beloved wife, Jan, who passed in June of 2013.
Born on August 10, 1929 in Paris, Ohio, to James Shearman and Margaret Flynn, Bill spent his
early years on a farm with no running water or electricity. He was the 4 th out of 8 children. The
family moved when he was in the 6 th grade, eventually settling in South Bend, IN. After
graduating high school, Bill joined the United States Air Force where he served with distinction
for 20 years, achieving the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. Bill served our country in Korea
during the conflict and was stationed at many military bases both overseas and stateside. Bill
used each transition as an opportunity to grow and share his already strong Christian faith. He
also became a seasoned world traveler and an expert skier during those years.
In 1970, shortly after retiring from the USAF, Bill reconnected with his high school
sweetheart, Janice Elaine Carr. Their romance was quickly rekindled and it led to marriage in
1972. Bill and Jan returned to South Bend, IN, where they first met, to take their vows before
briefly settling in Urbana, IL. As devoted as Bill was to Jan, he also took on the role of step-
parent with amazing courage and strength. Bill brought many positive influences to Jan’s two
teenagers then and throughout their lives.
Bill’s second career as a Senior Buyer at Kraft Foods allowed the couple to transfer to
Placentia, CA, which became a hub for family. This included step-son Ken and his growing
family, Jan’s sister and her family, Jan’s parents, as well as many of Bill’s siblings with their
families close by. No visit to Grandad’s was complete without a visit to Disneyland where Bill
and Jan had yearly passes and the grandchildren were never disappointed as Bill knew how to
work the park for maximum fun.
Over their 42 wonderful years, Bill and Jan shared their Christian faith and traveled around
the world from Australia to Europe to Canada. Being an expert skier, Bill was always planning
new exotic locations to explore well into his 70’s. In 2010, their last move was to Fort Collins,
CO to be closer to his step-daughter and her family.
Bill is survived by his two step-children, Marcia (Patrick) Fitzhorn and Ken (Sue) Hoffmann, 5
grandchildren, Matthew (Joy) Fitzhorn, Anna (CJ Bang) Fitzhorn, Daniel Hoffmann, Brian (Binky)
Boyer-Hoffmann, and Amanda Hoffmann, his 2 great-grandchildren, Emma and Reese Camp,
his sister Lorraine “Lor” McClure and her 2 sons, Mac and Mark McClure, and many nieces and
nephews across the country. Sister Lor was the oldest of the 8 siblings and at 99 years old, she
is now the last surviving sibling. His family will forever miss his warm smile and his tell-tale
whistling that let us know he was concentrating on something.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado, 455
Sherman Street, Suite 500, Denver, CO 80203.
You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or by planting a memorial tree in the memory of William Ellsworth Shearman