Devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and quintessential Irish-American, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on August 13 at the age of 88. Lonely Celts in a sea of Scandinavians, Gene grew up in Willmar with his parents John and Alice and his brother Jack. He enjoyed fishing, friends and sports and was affectionately known as ‘Shamrock’ during his years at Willmar High School. He went to St. John’s University where he played football under new coach John Gagliardi and was also on the track team. He was drafted into the Navy and graduated from Underwater Swimming School (UWSS) in Key West, Florida. He traveled the world on Navy ships. Gene returned to Minnesota where Lois, a girl from the Faribault farm, caught his eye. They married 61 years ago and raised six children. He worked for 28 years in the Metropolitan Airports Commission Police Department, rising to Commander of Police. He is a graduate of Inver Hills College and Metropolitan State University. Gene was a ferocious fan of The Clancy Brothers and all things Irish. He loved summers at the lake, traveling, gardening, tinkering with watches, reading and playing sports.
Gene is predeceased by his parents John and Alice Sheridan, and his grandson Tylor Chermak. He is survived by his beloved wife Lois (Parkos); children: Mark, Suzanne (Sean Kennedy), Elizabeth, Timothy (Dana), Daniel and Shannon (Brad Wolner), 9 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and brother Jack. His family will forever cherish the memories of him. Gene will be celebrated Thursday, August 25 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 13900 Biscayne Avenue, Rosemount. Visits 10 a.m., mass 11 a.m. Interment at Saint-Joseph cemetery with lunch to follow at the church. Memorials can be made at the Hospice Notre-Dame de la Paix in Saint-Paul. We are eternally grateful for their compassionate care. Arrangements by O’Halloran & Murphy, 651-698-0796.