Daniel Raymond O'Shea, 68, of Chicago and long-time resident of Grayslake, IL, newspaper man, Cubs fan and avid follower of local lore, died Wednesday, January 30, 2008. He was born April 29, 1939 in Woodstock, IL, to Daniel E. and Elizabeth Jane (Conway) O'Shea.
On June 10, 1967, he married Diana A. (Incollingo) O'Shea at St. Cyprian Catholic Church in River Grove.
He worked for the News Sun in Waukegan for 37 years, retiring in January 2006. In his years with the newspaper, he held several key editorial positions, including sports editor, assistant managing editor and managing editor. In 1997, he was named to the College of Lake County Athletic Hall of Fame for his career as a sports writer. He also served on the F. Ward Just Foundation Journalism Scholarship Committee and other local scholarship committees. Before joining the News Sun in 1968, he worked at the Quad City Times for two years. He began his professional newspaper career in 1962 at Lakeland Newspapers in Grayslake, and from 1962 to 1964, he also was the editor of battalion newspaper The Nike News, while serving in the U.S. Army in Georgia.
He was a 1957 graduate of Grayslake High School and a graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. He also served on the St. Gilbert Catholic School Board.
Survivors include sons, Daniel G. (Johanna) of Chicago and Michael (Jillyn) of Chicago; two grandsons, Aidan and Padraig, of Chicago; and sisters, Sheila Aleckson and Noreen Benzoni; and brother, John. He was a fond uncle of numerous nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Diana; his parents; and his sister, Sharon Iandolo.
Visitation will be from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, February 3 at Strang Funeral Chapel and Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 4 at St. Gilbert Catholic Church, 301 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake with interment at Avon Cemetery in Grayslake.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Benedict Parish Restore the Block Fund, 2215 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60618.
Published in News Sun from Feb. 1 to Feb. 2, 2008.