Joseph J. Shinn, Sr. (JJ) died peacefully at home in Wilmington, DE, after a long illness on December 8, 2016. He was surrounded by the comfort of his loving family. He was born on 1929 in Trenton, NJ son of Bert and Mary Shinn. He was happily married to Jane (Marshall) Shinn, the love of his life, for 64 years.

A patriot through and through, Joe served in the US Army as a Corporal in the Army Corp. of Engineers during the Korean War. He retired from General Motors after thirty-two years of service. He was a Life Long member of the UAW Local 423 and Honorary member of the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club.

He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, bowling, coaching Little League, fishing and camping at Leisure Point with his family. He especially loved riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycle and fishing with his best friend of 70 years Stanley Thomas.

Born on April Fools Day, Joe was destined to have a sense of humor. He loved to play jokes on anyone who was in his presence.

Joe is survived by his wife Jane M. (Marshall) Shinn, his children, Margaret Caldwell (Paul) of Wilmington and Joseph Jr. (Ginger) of Newnan, GA; four grandchildren, Paul Caldwell (Maggie), Christine Shepherd (Chip), Amy Shinn, and Joseph III; five great-grandchildren, Maddison, Zachary, Derek, Kaelynn, and Makiah; and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother, Albert and sister, Viola.

Family and friends are invited to attend a viewing held on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at McCrery & Harra Funeral Homes, 3710 Kirkwood HWY, Wilm., DE, from 6-8pm. Services and burial will be on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 1pm at Delaware Veterans Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Rd, Bear, DE 19701.

In lieu of flowers, consider donations to Seasons Hospice, 220 Continental Drive, Suite 407 Newark, DE 19713. His family is very thankful to Seasons Hospice, especially Lydia, Katie and Katie for their care. They would also like to thank their neighbors, Bob & Marge Commegys and Mike & Darlene Kapa for their unselfish assistance in a time of need.