DANVERS — James T. Sheehan, 79, of Danvers died at 7:55 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 6, 2011) at Asta Care Center, Bloomington.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington. Burial will be in Park Lawn Cemetery, Danvers, where military rites will be accorded by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 454 Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary for the National Military Services Fund.
Jim was born Oct. 9, 1931, in Bloomington, the son of Leo Thomas and Marguerite Leslie Sheehan. He married Mary Scarbeary on Dec. 6, 1952, in Peoria. She survives.
Also surviving are three daughters, Mary Diane and Curtis Hawk of Bloomington; Teri and Steve Johnsen of Trout Creek, Mont.; and Rita Zirkel of Keokuk, Iowa; a son, Jim Sheehan of El Paso, Texas; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Phyllis Wilburn and Rose Schenk, both of Bloomington; and Patricia Taylor of Chanute, Kan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Mildred Claxton; and a brother, Maurice Eugene Sheehan.
Jim attended Holy Trinity schools. He served with U.S. Army in both Japan and Korea and was awarded the Bronze Star. Upon returning to the U.S., Jim was in a live atomic bomb test at Camp Desert Rock, Nevada. Upon discharge from the Army, he joined the Illinois National Guard.
After returning to Bloomington, he was employed by Modahl and Scott. For the majority of his life, Jim was a carpenter and member of Carpenters Local 63.
He was a member and past commander of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 454, Bloomington, and the Deer Creek American Legion Post 1276 and was past Seam Squirrel of M.O.C. Pup Tent 37.
Upon retirement, he delivered Peace Meals until his health declined.
Jim was a member of historic St. Patrick’s Church, Bloomington, the Arbor Day Foundation and the Stanford Sportsmen’s Club.