May 21, 1960-May 16, 2018
MUSCATINE — Osama K. Shihadeh, 57, of Muscatine, died peacefully at his home surrounded by family after a short illness from lung cancer on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 21, 2018, at Wesley United Methodist Church. Dr. Bruce Ursin will officiate. Casket bearers will be Nicola Awwad, Alex Zayid, Dr. Brandon Ferlas, Dr. Steve Goldman, Hart Goldman, Tom Hendricks, John Weaver and Kyle Reifert. Honorary bearers will be the members of the Table of Knowledge. Burial will take place in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 20, 2018, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Muscatine Shop With A Cop program and Geneva Golf Course Memorial. Online condolences: www.wittichfuneralhome.com
Osama was born on May 21, 1960, in Jifna, Palestine, the son of Khalil and Georgette Khoury Shihadeh. He graduated from Harlaxton College in Grantham, England, and the University of Evansville, in Evansville, Indiana.
After meeting Mary C. Hart in England, they were united in marriage on July 20, 1984, in Muscatine.
He was the Vice-President of Logistics at Kent Corporation, and he truly loved his job.
He was a member of the Table of Knowledge, National Freight Transportation Association, 33 Club, Kiwanis, Muscatine Traffic Club, Muscatine Quarterback Club, Iowa Girls High School Athletic Association, and served on the Muscatine City Council for 12 years. He supported Muscatine Charities, Shop With A Cop, and Big Brothers-Big Sisters.
Mary and his daughters were his life. He was a beloved father, cherished friend, and respected colleague. He enjoyed many hours on the golf course and around the poker table.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Mary Shihadeh of Muscatine; two daughters, Dr. Kati Shihadeh of Denver, and Nicole Shihadeh of Chicago; and siblings, Maha Lada'a, Nicola Awwad, and Mai Akkawi, all of Amman, Jordan.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
“He led a rewarding and fulfilling life and had more life to live.”