Francis Joseph Sheeran


Francis Joseph Sheeran, age 79, died Sunday, November 17, 2019, in Kansas City. He was born to Francis and Elaine (Jewison) Sheeran April 13, 1940. He grew up on a farm near Janesville, Minnesota.

Francis graduated from Janesville High School in the class of 1958. He graduated from St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota, after which he moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where he earned his masters and doctorate degrees from Creighton University, specializing in medieval English literature. While in Omaha, he married Janet Watson of Haddon Heights, New Jersey, in 1965. After receiving his doctorate he taught English courses at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for several years before moving to Kansas City in 1975. In Kansas City he taught English literature classes at Rockhurst University for the rest of his academic career, from 1975 until his retirement in 2002. While at Rockhurst he enjoyed being a longtime faculty sponsor of the TKE fraternity. Throughout his life he became an expert in collecting stamps, assembling a world-class collection. He liked working with special plants in his yard and observing birds at his feeders.

He is survived by his son, Frank (Asami) Sheeran; grandson, Liam of Tokyo, Japan; and daughter, Jean of Kansas City. He is also survived by his brothers; Ray (Sue) of Verona, WI, Tom (Pam) of Seaforth, MN, Jim (Julie) of Francis, UT, Tim (Jane) of Mantorville, MN, and Pat (Donna) of Francis, UT. He is also survived by his sister, Kay (Vern) of Fort Myers, FL; and sister-in-law, Jackie Sheeran of Rochester, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Janet, daughter, Marian, and brother, David. His brother Paul (Jackie) of Rochester, MN, passed away after Francis on the same day.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.


  1. Tom Rothermich on January 27, 2020 at 9:33 am

    Thanks for everything Doc. Rest in peace.
    Tom Rothermich
    RC class of 1981

  2. Mike Gorman on November 22, 2019 at 9:01 am


    RIP my old friend.

    Mike Gorman TKE/KN
    RC class of 1983

  3. Gerhard Stadler on November 21, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    I remember Doc always siding with the TKE Fraternity when it came to Rockhurst University disciplinary matters. He gave you his last dollar, knowing it probably won’t be returned. He took a real interest in you if you were really interested in Stamp Collecting! I was privilege to see his collection as I worked in a Stamp & Coin Store during the summer time here in Chicago. If a TKE, needed quick transportation, Doc usually left his keys under the driver mat. I overheard him say, “I hope when get ready to leave at night that my car is there and in 1 piece. I am sure it wasn’t always there but he took it in stride. He was so proud us when we graduated, that twinkle in his eye and haslf cocked smile, not sure how we made it or how it will go forward but because of his helping hand and God’s grace we made it in 4yrs.

    Love, Charity and Esteem!
    Rest in Peace Doc!
    Gerhard F.J. Stadler

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