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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Sheriee Shanklin

September 25, 2018

Dear Family,
I am saddened to learn of Hershel’s passing. He was such a kind spirit, so full of grace and wisdom. When I joined Cummins, he would stop by for conversations of encouragement daily! He made me smile and he made me think. Always full of possibility thinking!!!
He loved the Lord so we shared stories of his grace and mercy.
May he always Rest In Heaven

Sheriee 😘

Sharyn Crocker Frisbie

August 5, 2018

Uncle Hersch was my Aunt Mary Catherine Crocker's husband and a college friend of my fathers at Wittenberg. My dad introduced Hersch to his sister Mary. It was Uncle Hersch who was overseas in the war and met my dad somewhere in the Phillipines and told my dad that he had a son. My mom and Aunt Mary were staying with my Grandmother Crocker in Fostoria while they were overseas and Aunt Mary's letter got there first. Somewhere I remember seeing a picture of the two of them together at that meeting.
We had many gatherings of the families, including at my wedding. I have a great picture of Grandma, Aunt Mary, Patty Ann, Nancy, Cousin Marguerite, my mom and me. Another one shows Aunt Mary, Uncle Hersch, my Dad and Grandma Crocker. I've attached that as it's a great picture of all of them.
There was a time that John and I were at a B&B near Stone Henge and I was in the gathering room talking to a South African. Somewhere in the discussion it came out that he had visited the U.S. I asked him where he had visited, and he said Indiana. I said, that I had an uncle living in Bloomington. Of course it turned out that he not only knew Hersch, he worked for Cummins and that was who he was going to see.
I've lost touch with the cousins, but would love to have you let them know that I remember Uncle Hersch and Aunt Mary and send my condolences.

Cousin Sharyn Crocker Frisbie

Thelma Triplett

June 20, 2018

I knew Herschel and Mary from church. He always greeted me warmly at church.

Worked with them on their home.

Hershel helped my older son get a room in the graduate residence at indiana University.

My heart goes out to the children for their loss. Thy are now the older generation.

Katharine Werber-McEwen

June 18, 2018

I can still feel that strong handshake and powerful grip as he asked me how I was
and how was Coach(my late husband-Elliot) and my two boys. His sincerity and
genuine interest were evident. Our parents were close friends over the years, and
my family always looked forward to seeing your mom and dad when we were in town.
I believe your dad got my boys I.U. sweatshirts and hats, and I think I have a picture
somewhere.......Losing your parents at any age is so difficult, and my heart goes out to
you.... Mike, and Patty, and Nancy. Please know how very much the Dietrich family cared
about your parents and your families. The world was a better place because your
Dad and Mom were here.....All my love, Kathy Dietrich Werber-McEwen

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.