Herschel Eugene O'Shaughnessey

April 1, 1920May 31, 2018

Herschel E. O’Shaughnessey, 98, of Columbus, died May 31, 2018.

Herschel was born April 1, 1920 in Ft. Wayne, IN to Irving A. and Lola M. (Baker) O’Shaughnessey. He graduated from high school in Ft. Wayne, and then received his undergraduate degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Following graduation he enlisted in the US Navy and served in the Pacific during WWII. Upon his return to the U.S. he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Indiana University School of Law. Mr. O’Shaughnessey began his career working in the law department of Standard Oil of Indiana. In 1958 he moved to Columbus, Indiana and joined Union Starch. In 1965 Herschel joined Cummins and became a vice president in marketing and sales.

Mr. O’Shaughnessey’s community service included leading the Bartholomew County United Way campaign for several years. He and his wife, Mary, were members of First Presbyterian Church for 61 years and were both ordained elders and Sunday School teachers. Herschel was a lifetime member of the Indiana University Alumni Association, a member of the Hoosier Hundred, Well House Society, the Varsity Club, and the Law School Alumni Association. He has been President of the Phi Delta Phi legal honorary society, and a contributing editor to the law school journal. He was also a member of the Calvin Prather Masonic Lodge of Indianapolis, the Scottish Rite Cathedral of Indianapolis, and the Murat Shrine Temple of Indianapolis.

In May 1943 he married Mary (Crocker) O’Shaughnessey. She preceded him in death in 2009. Also preceding him were his parents and three sisters.

Survivors include his loving children, Michael O’Shaughnessey of Carmel, Patricia (Philip) Adler of Terre Haute, and Nancy (John) Wagner of Kirkwood, MO. Also surviving are many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church of Columbus with Rev. Dr. Felipe Martinez and Zack Ellison officiating. A reception and time of gathering will follow the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pre-school of First Presbyterian Church of Columbus, 512 7th St., Columbus, IN 47201.

Please leave a special memory or condolence online at: Hathaway-Myers Chapel is serving the O’Shaughnessey family.


  • Michael O'Shaughnessey, Son
  • Patricia (Philip) Adler, Daughter
  • Nancy (John) Wagner, Daughter
  • Mary (Crocker) O'Shaughnessey, Wife
  • Irving Albert O'Shaughnessey, Father
  • Lola Mae (Baker) O'Shaughnessey, Mother
  • Also surviving are many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
    Preceded in death by his wife, parents, and 3 sisters.

  • First Presbyterian Church of Columbus


  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 9, 2018

Herschel Eugene O'Shaughnessey

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Pat Burton

June 9, 2018

Pat Burton
I didn't meet Herschel until around 2 years ago, but I am so happy the good lord allowed that to happen, I will forever miss my handshake at the table and the gracious compliments he doled out so freely. Such a great,kind,gracious human being who this girl will sadly miss . My condolences. Herschel my friend ,until we meet again I will be trying every day to live up to your gracious positive outlook.

Ann Jones

June 8, 2018

I knew Herschel from church. He was always so attentive to his wife and I thought that was very sweet. He reached out with a very hearty welcome to all every Sunday. A very pleasant man!

Richard Horsfall

June 8, 2018

Herschel became my boss soon after I joined Cummins. My appreciation of Herschel grew over time but his influence on me was most marked when I left Cummins for a significant advancement in my career. I soon realized that I was adopting many of traits that made Hershel such an effective leader. Herschel was a positive person and a positive force. This positive trait was a trait that I adopted which served me well in my business career. I visited Columbus over the years and on each trip I visited with Herschel. Those are visits I will always cherish! Last time that I saw Herschel I conveyed the above thoughts!

Chuck Wilt

June 8, 2018

My prayers are with the Family of Herschel for God's comfort and peace. Herschel was a great leader at Cummins Engine Company and made significant contributions to Columbus as a private citizen. He will be missed.

Chuck Wilt

Kim Taylor

June 6, 2018

I work at the Columbus post office and back in 1981 I worked at the service counter and was expecting twins. I use to wait on Herschel a lot and he would always ask how I was doing. After the birth of my boys, one son died after 3 weeks of a heart problem and the other has Down syndrome. I would run across Herschel in the community over the years along with at the post office and he always remembered my sons name and asked how we were doing. He even brought him some Cummins racing stuff one time. One of my daughters works at Cummins and she introduced herself to Herschel and from then on he always spoke to her and asked about her brother. Such a kind and dignified man.