Richard Sheridan, 77
Richard Sheridan, 77, passed away peacefully on Thursday July 24, 2014, surrounded by his family, following a brief illness.
He was born May 12, 1937. A native of Chicago, Rich was the son of the late Joseph and Dorothy Sheridan. He grew up within blocks of Lake Michigan on the south side. In his youth he spent summers with family in Saugatuck where he fostered his love of the water. He learned to swim and sail as a young boy, and these were things he continued to do all his life.
Rich went to high school at South Shore High School, where he swam and played varsity basketball. He earned a basketball scholarship to attend Northern Illinois University, where he graduated in 1959. While at Northern Illinois he met his beloved wife Sharon, who preceded him in death in December 2011. They were married for 50 years.
Rich enjoyed spending time with the families of his three sons, Pat (Kristin) of Los Altos, Calif., Dan (Karen) of Saugatuck and Tim (Julie) of Wilmette, Ill. He will be remembered always by his seven grandchildren, Katie, Stephanie, Nick, Gus, Lucy, Paige and Joe. His quick wit and dry sense of humor were always at the ready to bring a smile to their faces.
In addition to his sons, he is survived by his sister Nancy (Chuck) Zolper of Saugatuck. He was "Uncle Rich" to their children, Andrew (Kim) Zolper of Wheaton, Ill. and Amanda (Jason) Reiffen of Chicago, Ill. He was brother-in-law to Jackie (Fred) Yndestad and uncle to Kurt (Laurie) Yndestad and Kristen (Joe) Salerno.
Rich was a tireless worker. Starting in his teens, he worked summers in the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers. He continued to do this after college to earn enough to buy his family's first and only home in Western Springs, Ill.
Beginning in 1964, Rich spent 19 years with the United States Treasury Department as a special agent for the Secret Service. His knowledge of Chicago neighborhoods and urban street life served him well and he earned the respect of his colleagues and the younger agents that he mentored. He valued these relationships greatly, and their respect and friendship meant more to him than any official decorations.
He helped protect U.S. presidents and vice presidents of five administrations (Lyndon B. Johnson to Ronald Reagan), numerous presidential candidates and foreign dignitaries.
In 1983 he became a special agent for the Department of Labor, where he spent an additional 10 years. Once "retired," he returned to the Secret Service as an independent contractor helping with background checks. In retirement, he enjoyed visiting family and working on home projects, always finding a simple and elegant solution to seemingly complex problems.
Rich, Dad, Grandpa, we give great thanks for your life. You lived your life with strength, commitment, integrity, honesty, modesty, generosity, loyalty, and kindness that we will always remember.
An open house celebration in remembrance of Rich's life will be Thursday, Aug. 14, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge, 5901 S. County Line Road, Hinsdale, Ill.
Internment will be private in Saugatuck. Donations in memory of Rich can be directed to the Lurie Children's Foundation of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago at www.luriechildrens.org or the Presbyterian Church of Western Springs at www.presbyws.org.