James E. Sheahan
CURTICE: James E. Sheahan, 75, of Curtice, Ohio, died early Wednesday morning, October 10, 2012, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. James was born October 14, 1936, in Flanagan, Illinois, to Patrick and Elsie (Ringer) Sheahan.
He was raised in an orphanage in Ottawa, Illinois, from 1945 until his graduation from Ottawa High School. On April 28, 1962, in St. John Lutheran Church, Williston, he married Janice R. Farkas and she survives.
In 1980 Jim founded and operated Dimech Services, Inc. in Toledo, Ohio, a mechanical contracting company. A few of his many projects included the Huntington Center, the Toledo Correctional Facilities, Maumee Bay State Park and student housing projects at Bowling Green State University.
Jim enjoyed working with the fathers at St. Frances de Sales High School on their projects. His service and memberships were many, St. John Lutheran Church in Williston, where he served two years as vice president, two years as president on council and on its Staff Support Committee from 1998 to present; Ottawa County Fair supporter, a lifetime member of FFA Alumni and the National Haflinger Association; Genoa Lodge No. 433 F.&A.M., the Royal Arch Masons of Ohio, St. Omer Commandery and the Zenobia Shriners; he had been a member of the National Mechanical Contractors Assoc. of America and the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau since 1980.
Jim had been an active board member of MCA of Northwest Ohio and was a past president from 1991-93; he served as director of the Piping Industry Training Center Joint Apprentice Board since 1977. He had previously served on the Ohio Construction Industrial Licensing Board from 1992-93, the Jerusalem Township Food Pantry and the Recreation Board of Jerusalem Township. James also coached basketball and baseball.
James was a part-time farmer and full-time family man. One of the highlights of his life was when he took 21 family members to Hawaii on a family trip.
He will be remembered by his wife, Janice; his children, Rebecca Rogers of Roanoke, IN, Jami (Keith) Murray of Walbridge, Tim (Tracy) Sheahan of Clay Center, Robert (Sheri) Sheahan, Ronald Sheahan (friend, Sondra) and Roger (Laura) Sheahan, all of Curtice; his grandchildren, Abbey Hefly, Chris Rogers, Logan Rogers, Jaci Riley and her siblings, Katie, Bridget and Tim Riley, Molly Murray, Kyle Murray, Michael Sheahan, Michaele Coburn, Nolan Sheahan, Hannah Sheahan, Dalton Sheahan, Madison Sheahan, Dakota Sheahan, Josh Boes, Kaitlyn Sheahan and Alexa Sheahan; and five great grandchildren; Jim is also survived by his brother, Lloyd (Norma) Weakley of Cottage Grove, MN; and sisters, Betty Flaynik of Columbia, KY, Evelyn Anderson of Mansfield, IL, and Julie (Bert) Quinn of Ottawa, IL; his in-laws, Ethel Weakly of Bloomington, IL, James (Janet) Farkas, John Farkas and Jayne (Jim) Traver.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Weakly; and sisters, Pat (Frank) Wielgopolan, Mary (George) Miller and Kathryn Sheahan; and his father and mother-in-law, John and Irene Farkas.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Friday, October 12, and 2-8 p.m., Saturday, October 13, 2012, in the Robinson-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, 501 West St., Genoa.
The funeral service will be conducted 1:00 p.m., Sunday, October 14, 2012, in St. John Lutheran Church, 21140 W. Toledo St., Williston, with interment to follow in Allen Township Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials for Jim be directed to St. John Lutheran Church, Community Activity Center, P.O. Box 235, Williston, OH 43468; Sheahan Family Scholarship Fund, c/o Genoa Area Local Schools, P.O. Box 98, Genoa, OH 43430; or the Sheahan Family Scholarship, c/o Clay High School, 5665 Seaman Rd., Oregon, OH 43616.
Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.walkerfuneralhomes.com.
Robinson Walker Funeral Home
501 West Street Genoa, OH 43430
Published in the News Herald on Oct. 12, 2012