Thomas Henry Sheehan

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Thomas Henry Sheehan, 87, of rural Kellogg, died Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Mayo Clinic Hospital - Saint Marys Campus in Rochester. He was born June 27, 1926, in Minneiska Township of Wabasha County, the son of Bernard and Lenore (Fuller) Sheehan. Tom attended country school in Minneiska Township and later Kellogg High School. On July 3, 1954, he married Deloris Jerome at St. Francis Catholic Church in Rochester. Tom and Deloris farmed their entire life together, first in dairy and later beef cattle, moving to the Snake Creek area of rural Kellogg in 1965. He began his farming career in 1954, farming on Oak Ridge.

He served his country in the U.S. Army in Germany, the United States and Korea. He was honorably discharged in November 1953. Following his discharge he returned to the area where he drove milk truck, worked at Dairyland Power and then engaged in farming full time for the rest of his life.

Tom was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Kellogg, a member of the Kellogg American Legion Post #546 and the Burkhardt-Roemer VFW Post #4086 of Wabasha. He served 29 years as a Watopa Township Supervisor. Tom enjoyed his farm, cattle, animals, dogs and later in life he developed a passion for gardening. He loved driving around looking at the country and enjoying his coffee friends, but mostly he loved spending time with his family, namely his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Deloris Sheehan, Kellogg; children and their spouses, Bernie and Karen Sheehan, Kellogg, John Sheehan, Venice, Fla., Jim and Mary Ann Sheehan, Plainview, Kathy and Jeff Fosmo, Kellogg; eight grandchildren, Greg (Kathy), Marie and Danny Sheehan, Brian (Laura), Crystal and Katie Sheehan and Eric (Tracy) Fosmo and Ashley (Luke) Payne; two step-grandchildren, Sara and Justin Stamschror; three great-grandchildren, Dylan Sheehan and Adelyn and Lewis Payne; sisters and brother-in-law, Mary Murphy, Belle Plaine, Lucille "Sue" Schneider, Winona, Doreen and Bud Luther, Cambridge; brothers-in-law, Kenny (Vicki) Jerome, Richard (Kay) Schones, Rochester; sisters-in-law, Sharon (Mike) Lippert, Olivia, Caroline Matz, Rochester, Gloria Schones, Rochester; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Lenore Sheehan, stepfather, Ellsworth Lloyd and three sisters, Bernadine Lamey, Helen Cox and Marguerite Wolfe.

A funeral Mass will be offered on 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Agnes Catholic Church with the Rev. Msgr. Thomas Cook and the Rev. Father Patrick Arens officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Minneiska. Casket bearers will be his eight grandchildren. Military rites will be performed by the Kellogg American Legion, the Wabasha American Legion and the Burkhardt-Roemer VFW Posts. 

Family and friends may call at the Abbott Funeral Home in Wabasha from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday; there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. Monday. Friends may also call at the church on Tuesday one hour before the Mass. 

The Abbott Funeral Home of Wabasha is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Apr. 5, 2014
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