James Joseph (J.J.) O’Shea of Swanton, OH was born on February 9, 1943 in Toledo Ohio and passed away on July 20, 2020. J.J. started his music career at age 3 when his mother took him to sing for folks in retirement homes. He later learned to play guitar by ear and played folk and blue grass music with The Oak Harbor Boys and The Chicken Pickers. He was happy to create a few music albums with these groups. In college, he was a disc jockey and went by Rick O’Shea. In 1971, he married Kathleen Hoffman and the two spent their married life in Monclova and Swanton.
His military career in the Army and 180th Air National Guard took him to Vietnam and led him to later work with the VA to help ensure Veterans received benefits. J.J. also enjoyed mentoring Guardsmen under his leadership. J.J. spent his career as manager for the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services (OBES) for many years until he retired. In retirement, he partnered with banjo player Jim Van Dielen and the pair had a Sunday radio show titled Sunday Afternoon Ramble.
He was preceded in death by his mother Mary (Szenderski) step-father John Rokicki, father Joseph and brother Charles (Dottie). He is survived by wife Kathie, daughters Erin (Jim Placzkiewicz) O’Shea, Shannon (Shawn) Loera, grand daughter Savannah, grandsons Corey, Kaleb, Jake, and Jesse, brother Dennis (Audrey), many special nieces, nephews and cousins and best friend Jimmy Thompson.
J.J.’s wish for a celebration of life was for his friends and family to go to Rudy’s Hotdog and enjoy a hot dog in his honor. A memorial gathering will be held in the future. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Toledo Humane Society.
Arrangments have been entrusted to Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory 1460 W. Wooster Street, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.
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