Racine – William James Sharkey, 78, received the promise of eternal life on Thursday, January 10, 2013. He was born in Racine on March 24, 1934, son of the late William Alexander and Lillian (nee: Corbeille) Sharkey.
William was united in marriage to the love of his life, Carole J. (nee: Hunn) Sharkey, on December 26, 1959. Carole preceded him in death on September 1, 2004.
William loyally worked for 30 years for J.I. Case until he retired in 1989. He faithfully served our country in the United States Army during Korea. William was an avid deer hunter and enjoyed many trips with the Miller gang. He also enjoyed fishing and just being outdoors. William and Carole are former members of Salmon Unlimited. He loved to sit with a beer and watch old westerns on television. William enjoyed spending time working on his back yard to make it nice and neat. Above all, William treasured his time with Carole and adored his family.
William leaves to cherish his memory, his daughter, Tina (Jeffrey) Dickman of Racine; grandchildren, Jessica Carole (Kyle W. Olson) Dickman, Nathan William Dickman, both of Racine; great-grandson, Wyatt James Olson; daughters, Gloria, Dorothy, and their families; siblings, Patricia Whitney, Mary L. Miller, Joanne Sharkey; sister-in-law, Joanne H. Boughton; aunt, Violet Hermann; many special nieces and nephews; other relatives and dear friends too numerous to mention. In addition to his parents and wife, William is preceded in death by his siblings, Beverly Hall, Roger (Sandy) Sharkey; brothers-in-law, Donald Boughton, Chuck (Ida) Hunn, Tom (Pinky) Hunn, and Roy (Midge) Hunn.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2013, 12:00pm, at Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home and Crematory, 4600 County Line Road, with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Visitation will be from 10am until the time of the service. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
The Sharkey family would like to send a special “Thank You” to Martha for the love and care she gave to William. Your kindness will never be forgotten.