Steven Lee Sheley, age 67, of Lawrenceville, Illinois passed away on Monday, March 30, 2020 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Indiana, after a three-year battle with Leukemia. He was born on October 20, 1952 in Washington, Indiana, the son of Donald and Bernadine Sheley. He married Beverly Bean on December 23, 1973, and she survives.
Steve retired on September 24, 2016 from a 45-year radio career. He started as a newsman for WNOI, Flora, Illinois from 1970-1971. He entered the broadcasting program at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, Illinois, and announced on WVJC from 1971-1973. His career took off in New Albany, Indiana announcing for WREY from 1973-1978. As he was working in New Albany, he also announced for WAKY in Louisville, Kentucky from 1975-1977. Steve and his wife moved to Lawrenceville in 1978, and Steve announced for WAKO doing the sign off shift from 1978-1986. He announced for WYER in Mt. Carmel, Illinois from 1986-1989. He went back to WAKO as the morning DJ in Lawrenceville, Illinois from 1989-2016, where he retired.
Steve enjoyed his radios and dxing. He and his wife enjoyed traveling and assisting veterans. Steve was a 32-year member of the Moose 779, Lawrenceville, Illinois, a 19-year member of the Eagles 384, Vincennes, Indiana, a 33-year member of the Elks 715, Mt. Carmel, Illinois, and a 22-year member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 30, Olney, Illinois.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly of Lawrenceville, Illinois; one sister-in-law, Norma Bean and friend, Mike Beliles of Vincennes, Indiana; two brothers-in-law, Darrell Bean and wife, Cheryl of Olney, Illinois and Curtiss Bean of Bluford, Illinois; one nephew, Clayton Bean of Evansville, Indiana; and one niece, Kim Warner of Effingham, Illinois.
Preceding him in death were his parents and one sister, Brenda Bray.
Steve’s wishes were to be cremated. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Lawrence County Cancer Resource Center & Wig Shoppe. Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, Illinois is in charge of the arrangements.
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Lawrence County Cancer Resource Center & Wig Shoppe
Lawrenceville IL 62439