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Gary R. Sheehan

October 27, 1950 November 25, 2010
Gary R. Sheehan
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Obituary for Gary R. Sheehan

Gary R. Sheehan, a resident of Wixom, died suddenly of a heart attack at his home on Thanksgiving morning, November 25, 2010, at the age of 60. Born on October 27, 1950 in Detroit, he was the son of Henry Edward and Virginia (Burghardt) Sheehan. He graduated from Brother Rice High School in 1968 and when men of his generation were being drafted or protesting the war, Gary enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in Japan during the Vietnam Era. After his honorable discharge in 1971, Corporal Sheehan returned home and went to work with the Ford Motor Company�s Sterling Axle Plant in Sterling Heights where he worked in Quality Control and retired in 2008 after 33 years with the company. In 1984 he met Jeri Dee Vance, the love of his life. They were married on September 10, 1988, settling first in Northville and then in Wixom where they enjoyed campfires by the lake, hanging out with neighbors and friends and family. He also enjoyed boating with his sister and long trips in the car. Gary Sheehan was a proud Irish-American, a proud Marine, a loving husband and father with a fondness for Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and The Band music, surfing the net, Tiger baseball and going to the movies. He had a great sense of humor and a deep gratitude for all of life�s blessings, chief among them his family and friends.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Jeri Dee, his daughter, Tara (Jeremy Stork) Sheehan of Hamtramck his son, Jeffry (Michelle) Sheehan of Eau Claire, WI, his granddaughter, Magnolia Sheehan and a granddaughter to be born soon. He also leaves his sister, JoAnn Sheehan-Hofmann, his dear Becky Przybycien, the Vance family and many dear friends.

A Gathering will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, on Sunday, November 28, from 2-5PM. A Memorial Gathering will follow at Border Cantina, 21420 Novi Rd., Novi. Memorials are encouraged in his name to the American Heart Association. For further information please phone 248-684-6645.

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