Thomas Forestal Shea December 26, 1922 – April 23, 2013 Thomas "Tom" Shea was born in Delta, CO to John and Nellie (Ryan) Shea. He attended school in Delta until joining the Army
to fight in World War II
. He served in Company "K" of the 32nd (Red Arrow) Division 126th infantry, having earned the Good Conduct Badge, Philippine Liberation Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and the Bronze Star
. He married Rebecca Triantos in Delta on August 16th, 1949; they were the proud parents of three daughters, Teri, Karen, and Loretta. Tom was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church, and a 65 year member of the BPOE
Elks. He was a member of The Delta Potato Growers, The Onion Growers Assoc, and served on the Board of the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association. He enjoyed participating in Amateur Rodeo calf-roping, ballroom dancing, snow and water skiing, and was passionate about golfing during retirement. A strong Christian with a kind heart, Tom never knew a stranger and had a great sense of humor. Travels with Rebecca included trips to Hawaii, a cruise on the Panama Canal, and a tour of Ireland and England. He was privileged to travel on the Honor Flight to visit the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. Tom was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Richard Shea and Jack Shea; sisters, Kathryn Swain, Alice Corcoran, Margaret Haldane, Agnes Karlen, and Helen Pryor. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca; brother, Jim Shea; daughters, Teri (Jerry) Perchacz, Karen (Arnie) Butler, and Loretta (Brian) Martens; grandchildren, Kori Satterfield, Eric Martens, Kaley Batley, Sarah Brittenham, Brady Butler, and Audrey Butler, and beloved great-grandchildren, Shea and Bode Satterfield, Evie and Maggie Martens and Drake Batley, and many nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law, Angie Cholas, Virginia Shea, and Ozella Shea; brothers-in-law, Bill Pryor, and George Triantos. Visitation will be at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction, Thursday, April 25th from 5-7:00 p.m., with Rosary to follow. Funeral services will be held at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Delta, CO on Friday, April 26th at 10:00a.m., with burial at Delta City Cemetary. A luncheon will follow at St. Michaels. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Michaels Catholic Church, 628 Meeker St., Delta, CO 81416, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Grand Junction, or the local VA Hospice.