Thomas "Tom" Forestal Shea died April 23, 2013.
Funeral services were held at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Delta April 26, with burial in Delta City Cemetery.
Mr. Shea was born in Delta Dec. 26, 1922, to John and Nellie (Ryan) Shea. He attended school in Delta until joining the Army to fight in World War II. He served in Company "K" of the 32nd (Red Arrow) Division 126th Infantry. He earned the Good Conduct Badge, Philippine Liberation Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star.
He married Rebecca Triantos in Delta on Aug. 16, 1949.
Mr. Shea was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church and a 65-year member of the Elks. He was a member of the Delta Potato Growers, the Onion Growers Association and served on the board of the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association. He enjoyed participating in amateur rodeo calf roping, ballroom dancing, snow and water skiing and was passionate about golfing during retirement. He and his wife traveled to Hawaii, cruised the Panama Canal and toured Ireland and England. He was privileged to travel on the Honor Flight to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
He is survived by his wife Rebecca; a brother, Jim Shea; daughters Teri Perchacz and husband Jerry, Karen Butler and husband Arnie, and Loretta Martens and husband Brian; grandchildren, Kori Satterfield, Eric Martens, Kaley Batley, Sarah Brittenham, Brady Butler and Audrey Butler; great-grandchildren, Shea and Bode Satterfield, Evie and Maggie Martens and Drake Batley; sisters-in-law, Angie Cholas, Virginia Shea and Ozella Shea; brothers-in-law, Bill Pryor and George Triantos; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Shea and Jack Shea; and five sisters, Kathryn Swain, Alice Corcoran, Margaret Haldane, Agnes Karlen and Helen Pryor.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael's Catholic Church, 628 Meeker Street, Delta, CO 81416, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Grand Junction, or the local VA hospice.blog comments powered by Disqus