Howard James "Jim" Shey
1935 - 2020
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Howard James "Jim" Shey

Jim Shey of Glendale, WI passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of May 19th. He was born on July 21st, 1935 in Atlantic, IA to Jerome "Howard" and Lucille Shey. He graduated from Creighton Prep in Omaha, NE in 1953 and entered the St. Stanislaus Jesuit Seminary in Florissant, MO. As a novice, he attended classes at St. Louis University before serving at the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. After leaving the Order he attended Creighton University, graduating with a BA in 1962. The recipient of a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, Jim pursued graduate studies in classical languages, earning his MA from Indiana University in 1963 and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1968. As a professor in the Classics Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for over thirty years, Jim taught mythology, ancient Greek, Latin, and Egyptology.

Jim married Kathleen O'Connell in 1962 and they had two sons together. He enjoyed reading, travel, and theater. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, brother Jerry, and sister Joan. Beloved friend, father, and professor, he is survived by his sons Matthew (Carolyn) and Michael (Kathleen); grandsons Patrick, Thomas, and William; and by his companion Patricia Marquardt.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Molthen-Bell & Sons. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to the Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus: www.jesuitsmidwest.org.






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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from May 20 to May 24, 2020.
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May 22, 2020
Didn't know my cousin very well except for the fact he was brilliant!! Grew up in Atlantic and he was my first cousin. My heartfelt sympathy to his family. Donna Kurtenback Leabhard
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