Donald “Don” Lee Shea, 84, of Statesville, North Carolina, died Friday, May 20, 2022 at Gordon Hospice House after an 11-month battle with cancer. He is now united in heaven with his Lord and Saviour, his beloved wife, Myrna, and his loving brothers and sisters.
Don was born November 30, 1937 in Beech Grove, Indiana to the late Frank Michael Shea and Martha Beyer Shea. Donald graduated from Colerain High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was an athlete in basketball, football, baseball, and track and field. He was inducted into the Colerain High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2019. He was a proud member of the United States Army, where he served after high school, even playing on the Army Six-a-side Championship Football Team. while stationed in Germany.
Donald was a member of the Ninth Street Baptist Church in Ohio and was an active and devoted member of the Front Street Baptist Church in Statesville, where he served as a deacon for many years, chairman of the charitable committee , a member of the Young at Heart, foster and usher, brought tapes and meals to the inmates, helped in the kitchen during VBS, and was a member of the Homeward Bound and later the Ed McClelland Sunday School class.
Don was a tool engineer for years with General Electric in Cincinnati, Elox Divisions in Davidson, NC, and a contractor for Bendix in Charlotte before owning and operating Statesville Tool Design. After his retirement, Don developed various painting accessories and obtained several patents for his painting-related products.
In addition to his parents, Don was predeceased by his beloved wife of 53 years, Myrna Loy Manning Shea; sister, Luellen Robish; and his brothers, Robert, Fred and David Shea.
Don is survived by his three children, Curtis Shea, Leslie Houpe (Kent) and Brian Shea (Karen); his seven wonderful grandchildren, of whom he was so proud, Jessica Shea of Statesville, Rebecca Morris (Nick) of Huntersville, Heather Houpe of New York, NY, Lindsey Shea of Fort Wayne, Ind., Brady Shea, Kolby Shea and Addison Shea of Statesville, along with her two beautiful great-grandchildren, Eleanor Delaney Shea and Cash Dillon Morris. Donald is also survived by his caring sister, Diana Ridener (Larry) of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Family visitation will be held Monday, May 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Front Street Baptist Church. A funeral service celebrating Don’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24 at the Front Street Baptist Church with the Reverend Tim Stutts officiating. Mr. Shea will go to bed 30 minutes before the service. Burial with full military honors will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made at Gordon Hospice House in Statesville.
Troutman Funeral Home serves the family.