James Leroy Shanahan October 26, 1930 – April 12, 2022

Celebration of Life


April 30, 2022

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James Leroy Shanahan.

James Leroy Shanahan, 91, known as "Pat" to his friends, passed away on April 12 in his home with granddaughter Tiffany by his side.

A viewing was held on April 27 at Wood Family Funeral Service, 320 W. F St., Tehachapi.

The Rosary was held on April 28 at St. Malachy Church, 407 W. E St., Tehachapi. The Mass followed, with the graveside service at Tehachapi Public Cemetery, Eastside. A luncheon immediately followed the graveside service at St. Malachy Hall.

James was born in Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska on Oct. 26, 1930, to William Shanahan and Josephine Severyn. He married Alice Elizabeth Shanahan on March 1, 1952, at Joan of Arch Church in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is survived by his son, Michael Shanahan; daughter-in-law, Kimberly Shanahan; granddaughter, Erin Tiffany Shanahan; and great-grandson, Joey Stephens.

He served in the Navy from 1949-1952 and fought in the Korean War. Following his time in the Military he had a 40-year career as an electrician at Monolith Cement Plant in Tehachapi.

James enjoyed saving all his nickels and dimes to play the slot machines in Vegas or Laughlin with his wife, Alice. He was a proud Irishman and enjoyed his Irish whiskey occasionally. He loved to golf and watch college sports, loved the Nebraska Corn Huskers and was a huge Dodger fan. He was a devoted Catholic who attended church every Sunday and did volunteer work at St. Malachy's.

He was a very caring and kind man who was always there to help someone in need and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was the epitome of a family man and dear friend to many.

Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with his care. For condolences, please visit http://www.woodmortuary.net. Wood Family Funeral Services practice social distancing and wearing face masks/coverings is highly recommended.


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