Father Gerald E. Sheeds, 71, passed away Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Jerry was born July 31, 1941, to Eugene C. and Agnes (Hanis) Sheeds in Dallas. He graduated from St. Cyril’s Grade School and Bishop Ward High School. In 1959 he attended the Augustinian Recollect Monastery and went on to study at the Pontifical University of Salamonca, Spain. From there Jerry went to live in New York and attend Seton Hall in New Jersey. His solemn profession was made at Tagaste Monastery in Suffern, New York. He also attended St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, Colo., then transferred to the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and was ordained to the priesthood June 1, 1968.
During his tenure as a priest he was an Associate Pastor at Most Pure Heart of Mary, Topeka; St. Ann, Prairie Village, Kan., and St. John, Lawrence, Kan. In 1974 he became Pastor of Sacred Heart, Ottawa, Kan., served at a mission of Lapeer, Kan., (1979); Pastor, Sacred Heart, Leavenworth and Administrator at St. Casimir, Leavenworth. In 1986, he took a sabbatical year, and in 1987 became Pastor in Edgerton and Baldwin. He went on to be Pastor at Sacred Heart in Gardner in 1995, and retired in 2006 because of health issues.
Father Jerry was involved in many youth retreats in Kansas City, Kan., and in the Salina Diocese. He carried out a special ministry to people in the hospital and to the dying. His love for music was evident whether singing, playing the organ, or partaking in a country western musical group in Edgerton and Gardner where they regularly entertained residents at a nursing home. He was responsible for building the churches in Ottawa, Baldwin, and Gardner, an affiliate of the Society of St. Augustine, and ministered to the Little Sisters and Little Brothers of the Lamb. The Little Sisters provided spiritual support for Fr. Jerry and one of the priests of the community administered the anointing of the sick and last sacraments to him. Preceding him in death were his parents and brother, Ron. Surviving him is his sister, Barbara Napiecek, Lake Ozark, Mo., and sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Paul Harrison, Ottawa; nephews, Douglas and Scott Harrison, and niece, Jill Napiecek; and beloved lifelong friend and caregiver, Milton Arganbright. The Funeral Mass will be 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at All Saints Parish (Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church) 44 South Mill St., KCK. Burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the church, where a Rosary and Prayer Service will begin at 7 p.m. The family requests no flowers, and suggests donations in Father’s memory to All Saints Parish, Little Sisters of the Lamb, American Lung Assoc ., or to the Society of St. Augustine.
Arr.: Skradski Funeral Home, Kansas City, Kan., (913) 371-1404. www.skradskifh-kc.com