Franklin Lee Sheeley


Franklin Lee Sheeley, of Browns Mills, NJ, formerly of Phoenix, AZ, and Oskaloosa, IA. passed away on May 15, 2019 after a long battle with cancer. He was 84 years old.

Frank was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa on Oct.15,1935 at Mahaska County Hospital; he was the eldest son of Phillip Wendel Sheeley and Mary Edwards Sheeley. Frank, otherwise known as "Cheese," by his friends, was an avid member of the Oskaloosa High School football and golf teams, prior to departing off to the Navy to serve his country in 1953.

After his first tour of duty, Frank re-enlisted in the Navy for life and returned to Oskaloosa to marry his sweetheart Marian Adams Sheeley, of Rose Hill, IA. On the ship, he served as an "Operations Specialist" and assisted in navigating the ships he worked on, including the USS Intrepid; he often joked that, that he was the only one that could tell the Captain of the ship "where to go"! He would go on to serve in multiple wars and eventually retire as a Chief Petty Officer.

Frank was a wonderful father, husband, family man and was involved in the church throughout his life. He is survived by his wife, Marian Adams Sheeley; his son, Eric Sheeley and spouse Windy Sheeley, son Mark Sheeley and spouse Brenda Sheeley, daughter Susan Loesch and spouse Linda Denton, daughter Cynthia Walraven and spouse Jeff Walraven, daughter Sara Stahl and spouse Terry Stahl. Grandchildren; Phillip Sheeley, spouse Jodie, Cory Sheeley spouse Beth, Zachary Sheeley, Daniel Loesch, Melanie Goss spouse Brandon, Jeramy Sheeley, Tyler Walraven, Mariah Walraven, Coral Stahl, Brooke Stahl. Great-Grandchildren; Gabriel, Peyton, and Leia Sheeley, Hannah and Cora Sheeley, Kaylie and Madison Loesch, Nasir and Aaliyah Johnson; a host of nephews and nieces.

Franklin was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Phillip Sheeley; in laws Homer and Eve Adams; brother Larry Sheeley, sister Phyllis Sheeley DeCook; Grandson Alexander "DJ Nevoc" Gilchrist and granddaughters Maya Sheeley and Ann Sheeley.

A military service will be conducted at sea, along with a private memorial service, date TBA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to USO, PO Box 96860 Washington, DC 20077-7677 or St. Jude's 501 St. Jude PL, Memphis, TN 38105
Published on May 20, 2019
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4 posts

Sennie Gbengon
May 24, 2019
Lots of love for you Sue, and prayers tie the family. Praying for strength and solace in times like these. Stay strong!!!!!!!
Judy (Adams) Balsley
May 22, 2019
What a wonderful life he lived! He has touched so many people in so many ways ... and was a special friend to so many. I will remember him always - he was a good man. My thoughts and love are with his family. ❤️
Marian sheeley
May 22, 2019
Love you
Joseph walraven
May 21, 2019
I just wanted to send my deepest condolences to you Aunt Cindy and to all of your sisters and brothers. I know its been real hard watching this disease take your Father. And so many people we love has been efected by this terrible disease in one way or another. Tell your mother to stay strong and healthy cause she is the last Grandma figer we have left and we love and need Her. I love you all.