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JOHN D. "JACK" SHEA Obituary
of Mount Prospect since the early '50s John D. "Jack" Shea age 95, born to eternal life Oct. 21, 2013. Beloved husband for 64 years of Dorothy "Dot" (nee Musholt) Shea. John was born September 6, 1918, to John Joseph and Emma (nee Gerhardt) Shea in Bessemer, MI. John, or Jack as family and friends often called him, was loving father of Brian (Roberta), Kathleen (Arthur) Hantel, Kevin (the late Robin), Margaret (Kenneth) Cavellier, Paul (Debra), and Mark (Denise). Devoted grandfather of Jason, Brett (Ryan), Karen, Michael, Erin,David, Kyra, Maureen (Ryan), Ryan (Nikki) Patrick, Robin, Meghan (Ben), John, Collin, Riley and Peter. Cherished great grandfather of Madison, Burke and Jordan. Survived by younger sister Louise. Fond uncle to Mary, Joseph, Millie Ann, Carolyn, John, Mary Ellen, Patricia, Robert, Michael, Andrea, Gregory, Thomas, Sharon, Mary Jo, James. Preceded to eternal life by older sisters Dorothy, Mildred (Joseph) Lajuenesse, Marian (Clarence) Grimord and younger sister Patricia (Robert) Scholke. After attending grade school and high school in Iron Mountain, MI, John attended college at the St. Lawrence Seminary in Mt. Calvary, WI. From there he went to St. Mary's in Baltimore, MD, and then to St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee, WI. During World War II, John was a proud officer in the U.S. Navy. After attending officer's training at Princeton University for 6 months, he became an Ensign specializing in communications. With 8 more months training at Harvard University, John became a Lieutenant specializing in air intelligence. During World War II, John was stationed on both the USS Wasp and also the USS Wright aircraft carriers in the Pacific theater. Later during the Korean War, John was called up again for his experience with communications and air intelligence. After his years of service, Jack became a hard working sales professional. After marrying Dorothy Musholt in 1949, the newlyweds took off for a California honeymoon and to live in the town of Eureka because he had a job for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph. But they missed the Midwest and returned to the Chicago area where Jack worked first for Irwin, Neisler & Company as a pharmaceuticals salesman and then a short time later his career job at Allstate Insurance, a decision that resulted in 45 years of service. Jack enjoyed travel and vacations, and whether it was an extended auto trip through the Canadian Rockies or two casual summer weeks spent at a lake cottage in the north woods of upper Michigan, enjoying family life was his focus. He also enjoyed both listening to music, including symphonies and melodic choral music, and playing music himself seated at the organ at home. Most of all, John was kind, generous, charitable and devout in his faith. He always had a smile and a compliment for those he met. He will be missed not only by loving family members and friends, such as his good friend and caregiver of three years, Verjun San Jose, but also by those who had met him only once or twice. Visitation Monday 3:00 - 8:00 PM at Friedrichs Funeral Home, 320 W. Central Rd. (at Northwest Hwy.), Mt. Prospect. Lying in State Tuesday 9:00 AM until Mass 10:00 AM at St. Raymond de Penafort Church, Elmhurst Rd. (Rt.83) at Lincoln St., Mt. Prospect. Interment All Saints. For funeral information, call 847-255-7800 or visit www.friedrichsfh.com.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Oct. 27, 2013
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