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Jerry Shea

January 8, 1948 — December 23, 2019

Jerry L. Shea, 71, of Galt, California, passed away unexpectedly on December 23, 2019, following a brief illness. He was born January 8, 1948, in Lexington, Nebraska to Earl “Buddy” and Sylvia (Joines) Shea, the second of eight children. He grew up in Oconto, Nebraska and attended Oconto Public Schools through high school, graduating from the University of Nebraska - Kearney.

Jerry married Jolene Hanna on January 21, 1978. After living and working in Arkansas and Kentucky, they moved to Northern California in 1985, where for the majority of his career he worked in the wine industry, retiring in 2014. He was an avid sports fan and golfer throughout. his life as well as a life-long Nebraska Cornhuskers fan.

He is survived by his wife, Jolene; children, Jodie Shea Holdeman (Christopher Smith) of Omaha, NE, Brandon Shea of Lodi, CA, and Brie Shea of Seattle, WA; siblings Robert Shea and special friend Madonna McGovern of Alexandria, VA, Tom Shea of Gothenburg, NE, Jim Shea of Holdrege, NE, Lisa (George) Hendricksen of Cozad, NE, Amy Oxford of Broken Bow, NE, Bill Shea of Fremont, NE, and Sally (Paul) Schumacher of Omaha, NE; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Buddy and Sylvia Shea, his parents-in-law, Glenwood and Gene Hanna, sister-in-law Darlene Shea, and brothers-in-law Dean Brinkman and Steve Hanna.

His ashes will be laid to rest in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Oconto, NE on July 23, 2021, at 2:00 p.m.


Those we love don’t go away,

They walk beside us every day.

Unseen, unheard, but always near,

So loved, so missed,

So very dear.

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