Kenneth Shea, 82, Lime Springs

--obit-sheaKenneth Shea, 82, of Lime Springs, Iowa, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at Patty Elwood Center in Cresco, Iowa.

Kenneth Charles Shea was born June 23, 1931 to John Joseph and Lucille Agnes (Milz) Shea in Volga City, Iowa. On Dec. 30, 1952, Kenneth was united in marriage to Betty Taylor at Assumption Catholic Church in Cresco.

Kenneth enlisted in the United States Navy and served during the Korean War. Farming and being a cattleman were very important to Kenneth. He was conservation-minded and was always worried about the land. A lifelong dream of his was to build a spring-fed pond and stock it with fish for family fun, which he accomplished. Fishing with his buddies, hunting, bowling for Archer Oil, playing cards and watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and Boston Red Sox were some of Kenneth’s favorite pastimes. He would never say ‘no’ to a family ball game or a day at the county fair. Family was very important to him.

Kenneth was a very involved member of the Knights of Columbus, Iowa Cattleman’s Association, American Legion, Notre Dame School Board, Farm Bureau, United Shippers and Notre Dame Parish. Singer Patty Paige and actor Bob Hope were his favorites. He had the pleasure of meeting both in person.

Kenneth is survived by his wife, Betty, of Limes Springs. Also, his children: Timothy Shea Sr. of Lime Springs and his children, Timothy (Bonnie) Shea Jr. of Cresco and their children, Elizabeth and A.J., and Amanda (Jarred) Tomlinson of Cedar Rapids and their son, Blake Charles; Keith (Barbara) Shea of Lyle, Minn. and their children, Lacy Shea of Lyle, her children Frederick and Bernadette, and Cody Shea of Austin, Minn.; Karen (Tom) Wencl of Blooming Prairie, Minn. and their children, Wayne (Linnea) Wencl of Blooming Prairie and their children Jayden and Cameron, Chris Wencl of Blooming Prairie and Jenny Wencl of St. Paul, Minn.; Patrick (Donna) Shea of Rose Hill, Iowa and their daughter, Laura-Jean Lucille Shea; and Rita Shea of Cresco. Also surviving are siblings, Elizabeth (Adrian) Schatz of Cresco, Neil (Jean) Shea of Hemet, Calif., Don (Mary Ann) Shea of Cresco and Robert (Laurie) Shea of Blacksburg, Va.

He is preceded in death by his son, Wayne Shea; parents, John and Lucille Shea; and a sister, Marilyn Shea.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home, 404 North Elm Street, Cresco, Iowa, with Father Dennis Cain officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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