Duane “Red” Shannon, 75, of Evansdale and formerly of Oelwein, died Thursday, April 26, 2012 at East Towne Care Center in Independence after a courageous battle with cancer. There will not be a public service held.
Duane was born on August 30, 1936 in rural Black Hawk County to parents Paul and Alta (Ohl) Shannon. He attended country school and then was employed in farming, as well as owner/operator of Red’s Mobile Milling. In later years he was employed by the Oelwein Daily Register Newspaper. Red was talented at playing the guitar, he enjoyed the dog/horse racing tracks, and especially enjoyed time with his family.
He will be dearly missed by all who knew, and continue to love him.
Red is survived by his son Shane Shannon of Oelwein; his brothers: Cecil Shannon of Oelwein, Clarence (Alice) Shannon of Fairbank, and Leroy (Bertha) Shannon of Independence; his sisters: Alice Brown of Independence, Helen Welsh of Brandon, Betty Lenihan of Princeton, IL, and Joyce Leininger of Evansdale; and many nieces and nephews.
In death, Red has rejoined his parents; his brothers: Marshall, Howard, and Robert (in infancy) Shannon; his sister Virginia Lumsden; his brothers-in-law: Joe Lumsden, Lee Welsh, Leo Lenihan, Burton Brown, and Arnie Leininger; and his sister-in-law Jeanne Shannon.