Donald Shea, age 84, of Cresco, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at home after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer four weeks ago.
A Funeral Mass will be held at Notre Dame Parish on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 12:00 p.m., with a one hour visitation from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. prior to services. Father Jacob Rouse and Father David Schatz will be officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 from 4:00-8:00 p.m., with a Rosary at 3:30 p.m. at the Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home in Cresco, Iowa.
Donald “Don” Joseph Shea was born on July 12, 1935 to Joe and Lucille (Milz) Shea in Bonair, Iowa. Don attended Cresco public schools, graduating in 1953. While in high school, as a senior, Don received 3rd place at the state wrestling meet. After high school, Don joined the Army where he served as a clerk-typist during the Korean War (He had Radar’s job on M*A*S*H). He married Mary Ann Reynolds at the Assumption Catholic Church in Cresco, Iowa on July 2, 1966.
Don spent his life as a farmer; he farmed near Lime Springs, mostly beef cattle and hogs. His cattle were very important to him. He was well-known for being a hard worker and treated his farm as a family farm where everyone had to work. Farming and family were the most important to him, and in that order! Don also enjoyed taking long Sunday drives and attending his grandchildren’s events.
Don is survived by his wife Mary Ann of Cresco, IA, daughter Vicki Shea of Rochester, MN, sons Dana (Carol) Shea of Lime Springs, IA, Matt Shea of Lime Springs, IA, Andy (Kelly) Shea of Platteville, WI, grandchildren Caleb, Devyn, Bryce, Kinze, Kennedy, Keira, and Luke, siblings Bob Shea of Blacksburg, VA, Betty (Adrian) Schatz of Cresco, IA, Neil (Jeannie) Shea of Hemet, CA, and sister-in-law Betty Shea of Cresco, IA.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Lucille, son Todd Shea, brother Kenny Shea, in-laws Clarence and Mary Reynolds, and sister-in-law Laurie Shea.
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