Richard Sheeley

Richard Sheeley

Richard Sheeley, 71, of Anna, died at 4:12 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

He was born on Nov. 25, 1946, in Memphis, Tenn., the son of Glenn and Mary Francis Clutts Sheeley. 

He married Cathy Lewis on Jan. 8, 1972. 

He graduated from Anna-Jonesboro Community High School in 1964. 

After high school, he served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1964 to 1968. 

He continued his education after the service and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in social welfare. He later received his master’s degree in public administration from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. 

Richard went to work for Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center in Anna and retired from there with 25 years of service. After retirement, he went to work at The Gazette-Democrat for over 13 years. 

He was a proud member of Carroll P. Foster VFW Post No. 3455.  

During Richard’s free time, he enjoyed golfing, hunting and fishing. He and Cathy also enjoyed their passion of caring for many rescue dogs and cats through the years. 

Richard is survived by his wife, Cathy of Anna; his mother, Mary Francis Sheeley of Anna;  brother, John (Barbara) Sheeley of Clinton Township, Mich.; brothers-in-law Dan Lewis (Sylvia) (Soileau) of Jonesboro and CJ Lewis of Preston, Conn.; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and numerous canine companions and feline friends. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Glenn D.; a brother, William Reed; and a sister, Linda Sue. 

A memorial gathering will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Carroll P. Foster VFW Post No. 3455 in Anna, with military rites accorded at 5:30 p.m.

Memorials can be made to Carroll P. Foster VFW Post No. 3455.

Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro is in charge of the arrangements.  

To view the obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit

The Gazette-Democrat

112 Lafayette St.
Anna, Illinois 62906
Office Number: (618) 833-2158

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