Rev. Evan Patrick "Pat" Shea

Father Shea's Installation, 1988
Father Shea's Installation, 1988

Father Shea, 1989
Father Shea, 1989

Photo/Debbie Rose
Photo/Debbie Rose

(January 2, 1918 - November 15, 2009)

The Lusk Herald
November 18, 2009

Rev. Pat Shea

Reverend Evan Patrick Shea, 91, Kansas City, Mo., died on Nov. 15, 2009 at home. A Christian Wake Service will be held on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009 at 6 p.m. at St. Leo's Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 at St. Leo's Catholic Church, Lusk, Wyo. Burial will be in Lusk Cemetery, Lusk, Wyo. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Society, Priest Retirement Fund, Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyo.

Rev. Shea was born on Jan. 2, 1918 in Decatur, Ill., to Louis & Theresa (Evans) Shea. He served in the Army during World War II and later graduated from Purdue University. He married Josephine Murphy Shea on Nov. 17, 1943. In 1948, he became a chemical engineer and in 1957 started working for Midwest Research Institute. Eight hours after his retirement from MRI, he attended Sacred Heart School of Theology. Rev. Shea was ordained on Dec. 4, 1986 and was pastor of St. Leo the Great Church of Lusk, WY. He retired from the priesthood in October 2007 in Cheyenne, Wyo. He was a life member of VFW and Elks Lodge 1797 of Lusk, Wyo., and he was 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus.

Rev. Shea was preceded in death by his wife; a daughter, Moira Ann Shea; brother, Rev. Terry Shea of Springfield, IL, and sister, Rosemary Denning. He is survived by sons, Michael Shea (Maureen), Kansas City, Mo. and Louis Shea, Hale's Corners, Wis.; daughters, Mary Kathleen Hanselmann of Lakenheath, England, Mary Jane Degnan (John), Winston-Salem, NC; brothers, Paul Shea, Greenville, IL, Pete Shea, Gulfport, MS, and Rev. Baldwin Shea, OCSO, Huntsville, Utah; sister, Theresa Williams (Robert) of Florida; grandchildren, Eileen McGee (Shaun) of Shawnee, KS, Aaron Shea, Denver, CO, Evan Degnan, Winston-Salem, NC; two great-grandchildren, Michael and Laura Anne McGee, Shawnee, Kan.

Pier Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

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