Roger Paul Shannon
Roger Paul Shannon
  • February 9, 1936 - December 24, 2013
  • Missouri

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Roger Paul Shannon died peacefully at his daughter's home December 24, 2013. He was born February 9, 1936 to Edward Shannon and Virginia Pearl (Brummitt) Shannon at Snyder, MO. He attended a one room grade school in Clariton County, MO and graduated from Northwestern High School in Mendon, MO where he was a member of FFA and participated in track, basketball and baseball. During and after high school he farmed with his father, buying his own tractor while still in high school.
Roger entered the Air Force at age 19, and was stationed in Texas and Mississippi before being stationed at Richards Gebaur Air Force Base for about 2 years. He then served a final year in Iceland. He married Margaret Meissen August 19, 1961 at St. Mary of The Angels Church in Wien, MO.
Over the years, he worked for the Leed's Chevrolet Plant, Allied Milling Co., Western Weighing, Inland Cold Storage and Quality Inventory Co.
He resided in Gladstone most of his married life. The last several years he and Margaret lived in a 5th Wheel trailer and volunteered in state parks is Missouri and Florida when they were not traveling the United States.
Roger loved Blues and Country music and John Wayne movies. He enjoyed tractor shows and collected scale model tractors. He liked playing and watching softball and served as a Deputy Commissioner for the KS Metro Amateur Softball Association. As a long-time member of the Gladstone Adult Softball program and was instrumental in developing the plans for the Gladstone Happy Rock Park Softball Complex. He also served as a softball advisor for the Blue Springs Park Department. He volunteered as a church usher as awards chairman for Cub Scout Pack 180.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents and youngest son, Steve.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Margaret and by his children, Bridget (Darren) Carr; Michael (Anna) Shannon; Christie (Matt) Sarantakos and Paula (Mike) French; 8 grandchildren and one great grandson of whom he was so proud. He is also survived by his brothers, Jerry (Mary Linda) and Eldon (Pat).
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Seton Center, Harvesters or Catholic Charities.