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Joseph Edward Shearn

February 17, 1945 - April 02, 2020

Obituary For Joseph Edward Shearn

Joseph Shearn, 75, died April 2, 2020, in Seattle, Washington. Born February 17, 1945, in Lost Creek, Pennsylvania, Joe was the youngest of three of the late Joseph and Carrie (Capparell) Shearn.

Joe graduated from J.W. Cooper High School and served in the United States Army as an infantryman from 1962 to 1966. After leaving the army, Joe began a long career in the metal forge industry, which took him around the U.S. and into Nova Scotia. In October of 1977, Joe married Debra Weinmann, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was an assistant manager at Jorgensen Forge for the past 17 years.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Debra Shearn; his son, Christopher (Mary) Shearn; 3 grandchildren, Thomas, Cecilia, and Henry Shearn; sister, Dorothy Gaughan; niece, Linda Cray, and nephews, Thomas Shearn, Joseph Gaughan, and Gregory Kerr. Joe was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Thomas.

Joe had a larger-than-life personality. He could strike up a conversation with anyone and loved to joke around with people, even random strangers. He had the firmest handshake you ever felt. He loved Notre Dame football, golfing, and barbecuing but especially enjoyed spending time with friends and family.

Due to the current health crisis, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to John Hopkins Covid-19 response.

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  • Joe was an extremely respected manager and leader in the forging industry, he was looked at as an icon and innovator when it came to blacksmithing. Joe was a wonderful person that I will truly miss, he always took the time to call and check on me couple of times a year and would visit me anytime he was in Houston for business. I am truly sorry for his families loss, we all have lost a great person and truly exceptional friend and colleague, rest in peace my friend, you will be missed.

  • Joe was our best friend. He was definitely larger than life. His humor was the best- he always kept me laughing. He was always there for us. We will miss him always, I will miss my hugs when I ran into him at Safeway- we could block isles chatting for long periods. I will miss his laughter and texts just checking in and him calling me kid.He had a love for Debbie that was beautiful. We are sending our deepest condolences, love and prayers to Debbie and Chris. We love you Deb and will be here for anything you need. It has been a hard time losing our friend and not being able to all be together but we will get through this and be together soon. Until we meet again Joe!

  • Joe was a mentor, teacher and friend at Jorgensen. I will never forget him. Salt to the earth. RIP.. Sending my condolences.

  • We'll miss Joe and his Zest for life. He's always been the one to see the good in all of us and will be missed by those who knew him, a true Gem. We love you Joe and pray that you have found peace and comfort in heaven. Pat & Trudy

  • I met Joe through my friends, Jim and Christy Birch. He was always kind, funny and loved to joke with me. Always looked forward to seeing Joe and Deb at any party. They were usually the people I talked to most! And Joe never forgot to Facebook me a Happy Birthday. Will miss you my friend. <3

  • Sending Sincere Condolences to The Shearn Family & Friends. Healing Prayers for All of You. Jeanine & Duane Warns

  • Debbie and Chris, I can only begin to imagine the pain you are feeling and the sudden loss of your husband and dad. I have fond memories as a kid playing at your house and most recently when Debbie and Joe joined us at our home on Mother's Day a few years ago. Joe made everyone a friend and I am so glad to know my family called him one for all of my life. Sending love and hugs to all of you. Brad, Kristen, Kingsley & Caroline xox

  • Joe's smile, loud laughter, kindness, and sense of humor will be greatly missed. He was the biggest personality in any room he entered. Sending my condolences to wife Debbie, son Chris, and the rest of Joe's friends, family, and loved ones.

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