Arthur Michael “Doc” Sheehan, age 70, of Elgin, passed away at home on January 24, 2021. He was born July 7, 1950 in Chicago, IL to his loving parents, Arthur Joseph Sheehan and Kathryn Stapleton.

Doc proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1968 to 1972 during the Vietnam War, for which he received the Vietnam Service Award. Later, he became a manager at UPS, a position he held for 28 years.

Doc enjoyed music. He played the guitar beautifully, and used that talent in one band or another almost his entire life.

Doc married his wife, Arlene, in 1991, and they enjoyed almost 30 years together. In addition to adoring his wife, he loved motorcycles. He was also passionate about the VFW (“Veterans of Foreign Wars”), which he joined in 1986. He served as the State Surgeon of the Illinois VFW in 2012. One of his favorite activities at the VFW was playing Santa each year for the local disadvantaged youth. He liked to mix it up, sometimes arriving by fire engine, horse, and even a helicopter. The kids loved it!

Loved ones will remember Doc as compassionate and charismatic, and the best friend anyone could ever have. He touched so many lives as a caring husband, father, brother, cousin, uncle, and friend.

Doc was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Arlene Suty-Sheehan; children, Nick (Lisa) Kournetas, Matt Kournetas, and Matt Flores; siblings, James (Janice) Sheehan, Mary (William) Heldt, Kathryn (Myron) Luth, and Barbara (Robert) Cassinelli; grandchildren, Mila Kournetas, Drew Kournetas, Avery Tschampion, and Stella Tschampion; and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.

Interment with full military honors will be held at 12:30 pm on Friday, January 29, 2021 at Windridge Memorial Park, 7014 S. Rawson Bridge Road, Cary, IL 60013.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit

4 Replies to “Arthur Michael “Doc” Sheehan”

  1. May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face;
    the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
    may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

  2. My name is Bob Getz and I wanted to relate what a nice guy Doc Sheehan always was. I only knew him through the VFW. Whenever I was there, he was always kind and friendly to both my wife an I. When I organized a Farewell for our Elgin National Guard Unit on their first departure to combat operations in the middle east, he helped with the details of putting the Farwell together and then volunteered his Father to pass the Baton from WWII to one of the Guard’s children. Doc Sheehan, great guy!!! We will miss him,

    Bob “RAGMAN” Getz

  3. To the loved ones you have left behind
    May your memories be always on their minds.
    To those gone before, who greet you now above,
    May you find joy and peace and everlasting love.

  4. Never met “Doc” but heard such wonderful, loving words in his regard from his sister Mary. After reading his obit, I can see he was a wonderful person and would have enjoying being in his presence. So sorry Mary and Bill. Keep his memory close. Love, Sandi and Mike

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