William Wayne Shinn
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William Wayne Shinn
  • April 21, 1928 - January 2, 2014
  • Missouri

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William Wayne (Bill) Shinn, 85, of Weatherby Lake, Missouri passed away on January 2, 2014. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at Platte Woods Methodist Church, 7310 Prairie View Road, Platte Woods, Missouri 64151 (church phone: 816-741-2972) followed by a celebration reception in the church's Memorial Hall to which all are invited. Light refreshments will be provided. No visitation will be held. A private inurnment ceremony is planned.

Bill was born in Kirksville, Missouri, on April 21, 1928, the only child of Iva Maine (Howell) Shinn and Wayne Noble Shinn, both deceased. His mother died 4 days after he was born, and many family members helped raise Bill, particularly his father's youngest sister, Ona (Shinn) Evans, to whom he remained very close until her death in 1981.

Bill's father owned Shinn Hatcheries, a chicken hatchery business near Kirksville, Missouri, and Bill seemed headed toward taking over the family business. But after graduating from Kirksville High School in 1946 and Northeast Missouri State Teachers College (now Truman State University) in 1949, Bill chose to study law, attending the University of Missouri Law School where he served as Chairman of the Missouri Law Review. While in law school, he married Loueva Jeanne Jones on August 19, 1951. After graduating from law school in 1952, he served 3 years in the United States Air Force as a member of the Judge Advocate General stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and Burtonwood Air Force Base in England. Upon his honorable discharge from the Air Force, Bill joined the law firm of Shook, Hardy, and Bacon in 1956. He spent over 35 years at the firm, was a firm leader for many years, and served as managing partner before his retirement in 1994. While at the firm, Bill also represented the City of Gladstone, Missouri for many years.

Bill and Jeanne were married for 62 years, and she survives along with their four children Daniel (Petra), Lisa (John), Jennifer (David), and Melinda (Dempsey), all living in the Kansas City area, his sister-in-law Donna Kuczek of Denver, his brother-in-law Kevin Jones (Ann) of Marshalltown, Iowa, his cousin Steve Shinn, who was like a brother, of Lubbock, Texas, and ten grandchildren.

He was a long-time member of the Platte Woods Methodist Church in Platte Woods, Missouri. He was also active in the Marriage Enrichment organization and led many weekend retreats with Jeanne. He was a member of the University of Missouri Jefferson Club and the Law Society. His interests included reading, boating, and travel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association, 3846 W 75th Street, Prairie Village, Kansas 66208, the Platte Woods Methodist Church, 7310 NW Prairie View Road, Platte Woods, Missouri 64151, and the Liberty Hospital Hospice, P.O. Box 1002, Liberty, Missouri 64069.

You are a brilliant, irreplaceable light in our lives. Though our hearts overflow with sadness, we thank the Lord as he welcomes home our beloved husband and father. You will live in our hearts until we are together again.


Arrangements under the direction of Mount Moriah Terrace Park Funeral Home, Kansas City, MO.