Alden Bacon, 83, of Cape Coral, Fla. and formerly of Sheridan, passed away at his home Nov. 3, 2018.

Born in Sheridan on June 3, 1935, he was the son of the late Gerald L. and Helen E. (Marlow) Bacon.

Mr. Bacon attended Sheridan High School and went to work for Biddle Screw Products. While working as the production manager and supervisor at Biddle's, he relished in the fact and was always quick to point out (especially to one special employee) that he was his son-in-law's boss — at least while they were on the clock. After 40 years of dedicated service to the company, he took his retirement and headed for a much warmer climate.

Retirement suited Mr. Bacon just fine, as if the first half of his life was just a warm-up for the main event. With his free time, he was able to focus on the things that brought joy into his life. He was able to travel whenever, however, and wherever he wanted. Cruises and fishing trips were his two favorite activities, but he also loved heading out west. And . . . if his travels brought him anywhere near a casino, well . . . he always made a beeline for the slot machines. Mr. Bacon had a soft spot for wild animals, especially birds. He enjoyed feeding any hungry critters that crossed his path.

He loved making people laugh and his amazingly quick wit and sense of humor always kept you laughing. One of his favorite gags was giving half-baked responses to questions people would ask him in passing. Whenever he was asked about what he was doing lately, his go-to response was, “I'm roofing.” He got a lot of miles out of that one. So much so, that even though it was fictitious, it became something of a second career for him.

Survivors include his daughter, Shelly (Darrell) Schiedel of Sheridan; two grandchildren, Christy (Devon) Johnson of Westfield and Josh Stoops of Sheridan; six great-grandchildren, Nick (fiancé, Haley Dedrick) Dowd, Cora Stoops, Cameron Johnson, Sammy Johnson, Kaitlin Stoops and Adelynn Stoops; three brothers, James (Cherie) Bacon of Ohio, David (Marcia) Bacon of Alabama and Rick (Dana) Bacon of Zionsville; four sisters, Mary Lou Ashley of Sheridan, Anita Carol Gillmore of Cape Coral, Fla., Peggy (Gary) Artman of Lebanon, and Cheryl (Steve) Inman of Sheridan; and by his loving companion of the last nine years, Maria Bartman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Gordon and Gerald Wayne Bacon; and by his loving wife, Barbara L (Rogers) Bacon on June 4, 2008. She and Alden were married on Nov. 8, 1957.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday morning, Nov. 10, 2018 at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St. in Sheridan. Burial will follow at Crown View Cemetery in Sheridan. Mr. Bacon's grandson-in-law, Devon Johnson will be officiating.  Family and friends may pay their respects from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.