Neil Edward Sheehan

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Neil Edward Sheehan Obituary

Neil Edward Sheehan, 86 OCEANSIDE -- Neil Edward Sheehan, one of the "Greatest Generation," passed on Sunday, September 2, 2012. He was born on November 14, 1925 to Neil and Norma (Hansen) Sheehan in Los Angeles, California. He was the second born to this union. His sister, Priscilla (Sheehan) Minson came first. This family will see each other again after such a long time. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Ilse (Vollrodt) Sheehan and his second wife, Grace (Crary) Sheehan; his sister, Priscilla (Sheehan) Minson; brother-in-law, Grant Minson; and his mother, Norma (Hansen) Sheehan; and his father, Neil Sheehan. In 1942, after celebrating his 17th birthday, he stepped bravely into the role as a man, and joined the Army/AirCorp and sent his monthly paycheck home to his dad and mother. He fought on the front lines during WWII and after the war was assigned to manage the NCO Club in Kassel, Germany in 1947, where he met his bride to be and in 1948, they were married and had four children together, Deleise (Sheehan) Collins of Oceanside, Calif., Kathie (Sheehan) Elia- Johnson of Colton, Calif., Mike Sheehan of Sarasota, Fla., and Renee (Sheehan) Button of Beaverton, Ore.; and step-son, William G. Crary of Raton, NM. He leaves also nine grandchildren, Phaedra J. (Collins) McMahan, Capt. Lee G. Collins, USMC, Anne G. Wadman, Mary A. Betz, Lisa R. Elia) Johnson, Kim (Elia) Herrmann, Wesley N. Button, William R. Button and Dr. Kyler G. Crary; and 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great- grandchild. During his retirement, he and his wife Grace built a home in Raton, New Mexico, where Neil once again took up his love for painting. For a time, he was the President of the Lions Club. "He fought the good fight, and endured to the end. Thank you Dad, for your example of strength, courage, selfless service to God and Country. God be with you, until we meet again!" Neil's Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 29, at 11 a.m. at the LDS Chapel, 3990 Mesa Drive, Oceanside, CA, and a luncheon will follow for all in attendance. A full military honors burial will be held on Monday, October 1, at 10 a.m. at the Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego, CA 92122. Sign the Guest Book online

Published in U-T San Diego on Sept. 23, 2012
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