Shane Daniel Thekan
November 26, 1968 - September 13, 2021
We are celebrating the life of Shane Thekan - our deeply loved son, brother, longtime companion, uncle, godfather and friend. Thank you for joining us to share in prayers, love, condolences, stories and memories.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 25, at CHURCH AND CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME, 380 Bluemound Road in Waukesha, from 2:00 PM to 3:45 PM, followed by the memorial service at 4:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Shane's honor to the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southeast Wisconsin (serving Milwaukee, Jefferson & Waukesha counties) at https://namisoutheastwi.org/get-involved/donate/
or to the charity of your choice
would be appreciated.
Love, The Thekan Family and Dawn
Our deeply loved son, brother, uncle, longtime companion and friend Shane passed away at the age of 52 at his residence in Palmyra, Wisconsin on Monday, September 13, 2021. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1968, Shane was the son of Daniel and Barbara (nee Kuhry) and big brother of Grant (Kimberly). Uncle of Aiden, MacKenna, Delaney and Grady Thekan. Loving longtime companion of Dawn Beyer of Palmyra. Shane will also be remembered by other relatives and many coworkers and friends. Shane was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lucas and Beulah (nee Calvey) Thekan and Anthony "Tony" and Dorothy (nee Owsianny) Kuhry.
Shane grew up in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin attending Saint Jude the Apostle grade school and graduating from Pius XI High School in 1986. After high school, Shane attended Milwaukee Area Technical College to pursue a career in auto body and mechanics.
Shane always loved anything with wheels. Growing up he loved to pull his younger brother Grant around in a red wagon. Having dark hair, Shane played Luke Duke and his blonde little brother, Grant, played Bo Duke. And 74th Street in Wauwatosa was Hazard County. Shane even painted a "01" on the side of the wagon. He also took apart every machine his Dad had so that he could figure out how they worked. As an adult, Shane loved sharing his love of wheels with Dawn and his friends as they attended numerous car shows around the country to share the car he built and be inspired by others who shared his passion.
Shane worked around machines with wheels, as a mechanic, as a car recovery specialist and moving heavy equipment while working at various companies around Waukesha County. Since 2017, Shane worked for Waukesha County as a Patrol Worker to keep roads clean and safe for drivers. Recently he led a special engineering project by designing, engineering and building a road construction barrel deployment system that makes marking roads safer for crews. The system he designed is now being looked to by other municipalities as a safer way for crews to deploy and collect construction barrels.
Here's how we remember our beloved Shane.
Shane was a beautiful soul with deep blue, pride filled Irish eyes and relentlessly thick hair. He looked like a blend of Tom Cruise, Sam Elliot and John Travolta. He had a life with a deep story and rich texture with tension and passion that you could feel. A feeling that moved you and inspired you to take a broader view of the world. He loved comedy and long sessions of laughter with friends and family.
A wonderful contradiction, he was a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll. An artist and a scientist, Shane was excited by technology and tradition simultaneously. He liked shooting guns on the range in his backyard at the home he and Dawn built. And he absolutely loved his classic 1973 eight-cylinder Buick Century GS and racing it on the drag strip to beat his last quarter-mile time. He found joy and peace in a sunset, a warm fire with friends and a Bible verse. And at times in a car, on a country road with the window down.
Shane was an exceptional writer, drawer, photographer and engineer. He had an eye for beauty in the skies of his backyard and published numerous dramatic photos that captured the power of our weather that makes us feel so small. He was passionate about both science and faith. He loved the science of horsepower, speed and the skies. He loved God, Jesus Christ, the Word and our country. He had uncommon courage while also carrying an unfairly heavy burden and anxiety of our world and its demons.
Shane was a driver at heart, and he stepped up and leaned in. His work was his canvas, and he was at his best when his hands were at work. He believed in doing it the right way the first time and built things that are built to last with uncompromising quality. He had high expectations of himself and those around him. He bounded to help people while asking for nothing in return. Whether it was fixing a friend's car, helping stranded motorists or keeping our roads safe in the middle of a long snowy night.
Shane valued authenticity, loyalty and respect and was brave enough to say what needed to be said. He created a very special brotherhood of friendships that were deep and wide. Relationships that touched so many people, all connected by three commonalities - laughter, cars and freedom. He loved to talk with people and was refreshingly non-judgmental. His inviting spirit opened up friends to show the best version of themselves.
Shane will be greatly missed, and we hope his memory lives within you. He was a back yard fire; intense, warm, consuming, beautiful, wild and a light that gathered others. He was a beautiful boy who was so tall in spirit that his little brother Grant never stopped looking up to him. Shane was like all of us, trying to speed faster to get a little closer to love through God's grace every day and sometimes feeling the pain and emptiness of a grasp just out of reach.
We love you Shane, we miss you deeply and God bless you.
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Published by Legacy on Sep. 16, 2021.
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