Jerry grew up in Mtn. Grove, Missouri, and graduated from Mtn. Grove High School. He went on to attend military school in Wentworth, Missouri, and then went to Rankin Trade School until 1950. He was united in marriage to Lillith June Brixey on May 25, 1951 in Mtn. Grove.
Jerry worked at Home Building & Loan, Landers & Barker Lumber Company, and Mid-America Dairymen/Honeycutt Trucking in Cabool, Missouri. He retired in 1983. He and June called Mtn. Grove their home, where they lived on Maple Street for over 50 years.
Jerry was a quiet man with a dry sense of humor. If you listened closely, he could always give you a good laugh. Jerry loved to paint, write poetry, sing in the choir, and go for a leisurely drive. To him, there was nothing better than a weekend drive to Rockbridge for some delicious fish and wonderful company. Those around him would not find Jerry any happier than with a bowl of ice cream in hand, unless, of course, there was a glass of lemonade to go with it.
Jerry loved his wife and family dearly. His family will always remember the story of him putting his foot down and not eating anymore broccoli after his children had left home. He spent what felt like a lifetime to him eating this vegetable that he could not stand, in order to be an example to his children and to honor his wife.
Jerry served with his whole heart, with June by his side. They faithfully ministered in so many ways through their years at the First Baptist Church in Mtn. Grove. It was their home and their family. They delivered meals, drove others to doctor’s appointments, taught Sunday school classes, and just simply loved and cared for too many to count.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Clay Derrick Shannon, Patricia Romines and husband Herb, and Hannah Jo Woods and husband Weldon, and by a nephew, Jim Woods.
Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, June Shannon; two sons, Bill Shannon and wife Sara of Taneyville, Missouri, and Bob Shannon and wife Brenda of Mtn. Grove; one daughter, Susan McGinnis and husband Bob of Rogersville, Missouri; six grandchildren, Hannah Shannon, Brandon Shannon, Kallie Rowlett and husband Josh, Alyse Fields and husband Brandon, Kayla Drake and husband Matt, and Paul Shannon and wife Meghan; ten great-grandchildren, Norah and Reagan Rowlett, Caroline and Reese Fields, Ethan, Kaytlynn, Noah, and Kendall Drake, and Braylee and Brystol Shannon; a sister-in-law, Pauline Hudson; six nieces and nephews, Patricia Jo Shannon, Jane Romines Medlin, Janet Parilla, Steve Romines, Joel Romines and Derek Woods; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 15, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. in First Baptist Church in Mtn. Grove with Rev. Gene Edwards and Rev. Herbert Barker officiating. The First Baptist Church choir sang, accompanied by Nancy Doty and Jean Ann Reed. Pallbearers were Bill Shannon, Bob Shannon, Paul Shannon, Bob McGinnis, Matt Drake, Josh Rowlett, Brandon Shannon and Brandon Fields. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.