OBITUARY

Thomas J Shea

January 24, 1929February 11, 2021

Lancaster - Thomas (Tom) Shea, age 92, passed away peacefully on February 11, 2021, at the Fairfield Medical Center, after a brief bout with Covid 19. He was born in Junction City, Ohio where he was affectionately know around town as “Tommy Tucker”. He grew up surrounded by his love in life, the automobile, primarily the Studebaker. His Grandfather, owned and operated Guinslers garage and Studebaker dealership for over 50 years. Tom was a natural self- taught master mechanic of all things mechanical. He learned machine work at the dealership, for the war effort during WWII, later serving as a battlefield mechanic during the Korean War. Upon returning to civilian life, he worked at a Studebaker dealership in Columbus, eventually moving to Lancaster where he worked and retired from Diamond Power as one who repaired and kept the machines going. As a sideline, he maintained an auto mechanic business from his home garage. He associated his memories of friends and family by the cars they drove and could tell endless stories about various adventures in those cars. He loved antiques cars and restored several in his life of various makes, but in later years kept his pride and joy 1955 Studebaker President that he bought through his son Mike in California. He and his Grandson flew there and subsequently drove the car back across the country to Lancaster, where it has been a multiple trophy winning show car ever since. Tom was a lifetime member and past president of the Lancaster Old Car Club as well as a member of the American Legion in Millersport. After his military service, Tom married Donna Marshal Shea in the late 50s. They enjoyed many happy years together until her untimely passing after a long illness. Donna was a dear friend to all, and supported Tom’s love for cars by attending many car shows at his side. After Donna’s passing, and through the old car hobby, Tom became reacquainted with his childhood sweetheart, Evelyn (Norris Ray) who had also lost her spouse. They were reintroduced by a fellow car nut friend who happened to be the son of Evelyn, they were married in 1988. Tom was a prince of a human being with his gentle personality and willingness to help his fellow man. He has been loved and admired by all he came across in his long and rewarding life. Tom is survived by his wife Evelyn, daughter Judy Morehead, son Michael (Dana) Shea, sons David, (Jenifer) and Mike Ray, 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws, his brother Jim Shea, and one grandson. Funeral services will be held at Halteman-Fett and Dyer funeral home on Wednesday, February 17th at 1:00 pm with visitation from 12 to 1 prior to services. The service can be live streamed via Facebook. Due to Covid 19, masks and social distancing will be required. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Tom’s memory to the First Baptist Church at 1950 Pleasantville Rd, Lancaster Ohio 43130 and/or Honor Flight Columbus, Inc. at Box-L4016, Columbus Ohio 43260-4016

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Linda Kaehr

February 16, 2021

I cherish the memories that I have of Tom Shea for the last 33 years. Evelyn and Tom's wedding brought not only a brother-in-law into my life, but a BROTHER. What a terrific man! I will never forget how they came to our home in Chula Vista, CA to help us remodel. We worked and laughed and had so much fun. I will never forget the love we shared. I will miss him greatly.

Michael Shea

February 16, 2021

He was the most wonderful grandpa anyone could ask for. I'm so sorry I can't make it out for the funeral; even more sorry I couldn't make it out to see him before he passed. Papa Tom seemed to have an unrelenting positive impact on his family, his friends, and his community. I hope that we can carry on that positivity despite, or because, of our grief.

If he had to go, I'm glad it was at the terminus of an enormously fruitful life. That said, I wish it weren't by way of a plague.

I love you dearly, Papa Tom. I'll miss you. Stay safe everyone. Tell your family you love them.

John (Tony) Morehead

February 16, 2021

Grandpa helped me and my Dad look at my first car to determine if it was a good deal or not. It was a 67 convt firebird that I bought for $600 when I was 15.

Grandpa helped me work on the car taking time to stop by after work when I'm sure he had a million other things to do, however, that was his personality, always willing to help.

I remember one time in particular when he came up, he was in the trunk working on the latch and I was helping (watching) and a storm came up on us so quickly we didn't have time to get to the house.
So there we were, in a metal building, with him in the trunk of the car with lightning coming down all around us. We finally got that latch fixed several hours later and the storm had passed.

Once I could drive, I would try to spend free time in his garage helping, but I'm sure I was just in the way, but he never complained.

Because of him, like many others, I now have the passion for working on old cars and he will be dearly missed.

A lot of found memories of a great man,

Al Turnbull

February 15, 2021

I have been blessed to have been acquainted with Tom ever since he and Evelyn had been coming to First Baptist Church Lancaster. I always looked forward to our conversations. I considered him to be a very humble man who loved Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior. Evelyn, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,
Al Turnbull

Dave & Joy Shaffer

February 15, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss.
We will remember Tom as a great friend & a true gentlemen.
We always enjoyed our time together at different functions
related to the Lancaster Old Car Club.

You are in our thoughts & prayers & may God comfort you with His great love.

Nancy Eden (Disbennet)

February 14, 2021

I used to deliver newspapers with Mike Shea as young girl and spent many hours in their home. Tom Shea worked in his garage many hours, and we watched many ball games in basement while enjoying food prepared by Donna. They were like my second family and I have many fond memories of them.

kim Bowersock

February 13, 2021

So sorry for your loss I would see THOMAS at my mom"s school reunions and he was a very nice man. prayers to the family

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