Thursday, January 20, 2011

Thomas Sheahan - Olive Branch

Thomas M. Sheahan Jr.

FLOSSMOOR — Thomas M. Sheahan Jr., 72, of Flossmoor, Ill., and formerly of Danville, passed away Jan. 15, 2011, at Conroe Regional Medical Center in Houston, Texas.

Thomas was born Sept. 10, 1938, in Danville, the son of Thomas Sr. and Beverly West Sheahan.

Survivors include three daughters, Carol Jo (Larry) McGill of Homewood, Ill., Jane (Jeff) Laurich of Katy, Texas, and Kay Musil of Houston, Texas; a brother, William (Penny) Sheahan of Scottsdale, Ariz.; eight grandchildren, Karen, Valerie, Frank, Eric, McKenzie, Rylie, Jaedon and Aimee; and a special friend, Norma Tuttle, formerly of Danville. He was preceded in death by his son, Robert, his parents and grandparents.

Thomas graduated from Danville High School and was the captain of the golf team. He enjoyed playing golf until he was stricken with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 51.

While active, he had two holes in one, one on the No. 8 hole at the Danville Country Club and one on the No. 5 hole at the Royal Palms Country Club. Always a competitor, he loved his bowling, golf, gin rummy and dominoes.

Tom served in the U.S. Army for six years. After being honorably discharged from the military, he was part-owner and president from 1988 to 1994 of Interstate Lumber Co. until retiring in 1996. He was a member of the Olive Branch lodge, the Danville Consistory and the Ansar Temple of Springfield. Thomas was active in the Shriners, and served one term as the president of the local club. One of his favorite activities was riding the Shriners’ 25 man bicycle in parades throughout the country. He was a member of the Danville Country Club and the Danville Elks Lodge 332.

A celebration of Thomas’ life will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan., 22, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville, with Pastor William Hummer officiating. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with a Masonic service at 7:45 p.m. Following the service, he will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum in Danville. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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