Shullsburg Obituaries
Joseph "LeRoy" McCauley of rural Shullsburg, WI
Joseph “LeRoy” McCauley, age 87, of rural Shullsburg, WI, passed away Wednesday, November 26, 2014, at Southwest Health Center in Platteville, WI. He was born April 16, 1927 in Shullsburg the son of Frank and Mary (O’Leary) McCauley. LeRoy lived in rural Shullsburg on the McCauley family farm. Following his graduation from Shullsburg High School in 1945 he joined the United States Army and served as a Clerk-Typist. LeRoy was honorably discharged in 1946. After his return home from the service he went to work for Victor Mortell at his gas station in Shullsburg for a short time before working as a welder and fabricator for Leo McKendry. LeRoy then owned and operated his own repair and welding shop in rural Shullsburg until he began working for Truck Country in the mid 1960’s. He retired in 1989. LeRoy was united in marriage to Rita Felder on April 22, 1948 in Guttenberg, IA.

LeRoy is survived by his wife: Rita at home; two sons: Steven (Bernie) McCauley of Lancaster, WI, and Richard McCauley of rural Shullsburg; one granddaughter: Kathleen (Aaron) Troxel; and one great-granddaughter: Alayna Troxel. He was preceded in death by his parents.

LeRoy was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Shullsburg and of the Studebaker Drivers Club. He enjoyed spending time with his family. LeRoy also enjoyed going on a couple of trips a year with Tri-State Tours and taking care of his 1954 Studebaker pick-up, his 1973 LTD Ford, and his 1978 Ford Courier pick-up, which all remain in mint condition today.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, December 1, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 344 North Judgement Street in Shullsburg with Rev. Joji Reddy officiating. Burial will be in St. Matthew Cemetery in rural Shullsburg. A visitation will be held Sunday, November 30, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at O’Flahrity-Erickson Funeral Home, 235 North Judgement Street in Shullsburg with a rosary service at 2:00 p.m. and a visitation will also be held Monday, December 1, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of mass at the church. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ericksonfuneralhome.com.

For those who prefer, a memorial fund has been established in LeRoy’s name.
Joseph Shepherd of Shullsburg, WI
Joseph Shepherd, age 70, of Shullsburg, WI, passed away Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, IA. He was born July 30, 1944 in Leadmine, WI, the son of Kenneth and Olivene (Harris) Shepherd. Joe lived in Shullsburg all of his life. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1965 and was stationed in Korea. Following his honorable discharge in 1967 he returned to Shullsburg. On July 3, 1970, he was united in marriage to Kay Andrews at Centenary United Methodist Church in Shullsburg. Joe drove for Freymiller Trucking and later McMorhan Trucking in Shullsburg. He was later a mechanic for Babler Trucking in South Wayne, WI. Joe retired in 1999. He then became an escort driver for Lafayette County Veterans until 2012.

Joe is survived by his wife: Kay at home; Timothy L. (Amy Evans) Shepherd of Shullsburg, Tracy (Barry) King of Darlington, WI, Thomas (Jenelle) Shepherd of Cuba City, WI, and Kristy (David) Champion of Roscoe, IL; 10 grandchildren: Kendra and Trenton Shepherd, Brian King, Amber (Justin) Tranel, Bruce (fiancée Lindsay Bloom) King, Nicholas (fiancée Emily Mitchell) King, Courtney King, Riley and Cassidy Shepherd, and Lucas Champion; one great-grandson: Jonah King; one brother: Jerome (Donna) Shepherd of Shullsburg; five sisters: Sharon (Mike) Burtzlaff of Tuscan, AZ, Sally (Stanley) Torstenson of Twin Lakes, WI, Susan (Leslie) Torstenson of Darlington, Sandy (John) Seiz of Cleveland Heights, OH, and Nancy (James) Schleicher of Lake Geneva, WI; his mother-in-law: MarJean Andrews of Shullsburg; one brother-in-law: Dennis (Beverly) Andrews of Maple Grove, MN; two sisters-in-law: Sharon Eggleston of McFarland, WI, and Lynn (Dan) Schmitz of Rochester, MN; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law: Leonard Andrews; a brother-in-law: Mike Eggleston; and a nephew: Robert Torstenson.

Joe was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Shullsburg, a member and past commander of the McCann-Richards American Legion Post #105 of Shullsburg, current commander of Shullsburg VFW #10533, Disabled American Veterans, Kooties, The 40/8, and a past member of the Shullsburg Fire Department. He enjoyed volunteering in the community and helping anyone he could when they were in need. Joe will always be remembered by his family for their camping trips to Chetek and watching the Packers on TV.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, November 29, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church, 226 West Church Street in Shullsburg with Rev. Jeffrey A. Meyer officiating. Military rites will be accorded by the McCann-Richards American Legion Post #105 of Shullsburg. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Shullsburg at a later date. A visitation will be held Friday, November 28, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at O’Flahrity-Erickson Funeral Home, 235 North Judgement Street in Shullsburg. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ericksonfuneralhome.com.

For those who prefer a memorial fund has been established in Joe’s name.
Grace M. Leahy of Madison, WI, formerly of Shullsburg, WI
Grace Mullen Leahy passed away peacefully on Friday November 7, 2014 at Oakwood Village East Madison at the age of 95. She was born on August 20, 1919 in rural Darlington, WI, the daughter of Frank L. and Mary (Gabel) Mullen. She graduated from Darlington High School in 1936. Grace was united in marriage at Holy Rosary Catholic Church to Frank “Jud” Leahy on November 30, 1939. Together, they spent most of their years raising their family and running their Shullsburg businesses: Leahy’s Market and The Burg Theatre. Upon retirement in 1983, they moved to Las Vegas, NV. Grace moved back to Wisconsin in January of 2014.

Grace is survived by her sons: Ted (Bev) Leahy, Huntersville, NC; Tom Leahy, Las Vegas, NV; Tim (Sandy) Leahy, Las Vegas, NV; Terry (Teresa) Leahy, Tiburon, CA; daughters: Mary Jo (Doug) Riechers, Cuba City, WI; Kay (Mark) Alexander, Madison, WI; Jill (Ken) Staver, Darlington, WI; Sue (Andrew) Doyle, Decorah, IA; 21 grandchildren: Ted’s-Patty (Greg), Molly (Mark), Mike, and Jack, Tom’s-Angie (Pepe’), Stephanie (Frank), and Jay (Krista), Tim’s-Brian (Carolina), Dianne, and Patrick, Terry’s-Serena and Brendan, Mary Jo’s-Alice (Dave), Erin, and Joshua, Kay’s-Chris (Amanda) and Tim, Jill’s-Matthew (Kristy) and Ann, and Sue’s-Connor and Brianna; 18 great-grandchildren; and 7 very special nieces and nephews: Betty, Jackie, Bill, Charlene, Sheila, Nancy, and Bob. Grace was preceded in death by her husband in 1990; her parents; daughter-in-law Sharon Leahy; granddaughter Debby Leahy; siblings: Florence, Helen Tuomi, Cyril, Harold, Marion Short, Eleanor Mullen; and nieces and nephew Bonnie and Bill Short.

Grace enjoyed entertaining family and friends. She loved sewing, golfing, and playing cards. For several years she was a Boy Scouts’ Den Mother. She was also an active member of the Darlington Country Club as well as the Canyon Gate Country Club in Las Vegas and enjoyed weekly golf until the age of 87. Grace was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Shullsburg, WI and also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America for 69 years. Gracie will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 11:30 A.M. at St. Matthew Catholic Church 344 N. Judgement St., Shullsburg, WI with Rev. Joji Reddy officiating. Burial will be at St. Matthew Cemetery in Shullsburg. A visitation will be held Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 4:00 until 8:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 4:00 P.M. at O’Flahrity-Erickson Funeral Home, 235 N. Judement St., Shullsburg. A visitation will also be held from 10:30 A.M. until time of services at St. Matthew on Thursday. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ericksonfuneralhome.com.


For those who prefer, memorials can be made to Agrace Hospice Care, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway,
Madison, WI 53711.
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