Patrick Edward Shea, 87, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, at a Havre care center.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at
Church at Pendleton, Ore., with the Rev. Gregory officiating. Entomb-ment will
follow at the Olney Mausoleum. A fellowship luncheon will be held at the Elks Club immediately following the services at the Mausoleum. There will be a memorial vigil service held at the Eagles Manor in Havre at a later date.
Pat was born on Feb. 3, 1916, in Astoria, Ore., to Patrick and Laura (Parker) Shea. He was raised and educated in Astoria and graduated from The Star of the Sea High School. He worked at the state department in Salem, Ore., for the secretary of state.
It was there that he met his future wife Mildred E. Terjeson. The couple made their home in Portland, Ore., where Pat worked as an insurance investigator. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in World War II from August 1943 to October 1945 in the Battle of the Buldge in Germany. He served in northern France, Rineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe. He was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant.
After the war, the family lived in Seattle, where Pat worked as a real estate agent. The family moved to Pendleton, Ore., in 1946 and Pat worked for OGW. He then started Shea's Lockers, which he operated for 32 years. After retirement he worked for the Budweiser distributors in Pendleton and on the Terjeson ranch.
Pat enjoyed visiting with people and was always looking for a good joke or story. He also enjoyed dancing, golfing, hunting, bowling and his grandchildren. He was a 53-year member of the Elks Lodge, a member of the Pendleton Country Club, Jaycees, Rotary, a 43-year member of the Pendleton Round Up Association, and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Pat was preceded in death by his parents, Patrick and Laura (Parker) Shea; wife, Mildred (Terjeson) Shea in 2001; brothers, Tom, Joe and Francis Shea; and sisters, Mary Shea, Ellen Hannan, Elizabeth Fastebend, Anne Allen, Margaret Wolfgram, Cecelia Kunkel, Kathryn Gives, and June Johnson.
Survivors include his daughters, Karen (Pat) Hoffman of Havre, and Susan (Jim) Self of Salem, Ore.; grandson, Michael (Brandy) Spencer of Ricon, Ga.; granddaughters, Jennifer (Dustin) Kinsella of Havre and Jill Hoffman of Henderson, Nev.; and a very special companion and friend, Annabelle Lambert of Havre.
Memorials in Pat's honor may be made to the Umatilla County Historical Society.
Services and arrangements are under the direction Bishop Funeral Chapel in Pendleton.