|Birth: ||Mar. 18, 1936|
|Death: ||Nov. 19, 2010|
South Dakota, USA
Wayne Joseph Shanahan, 74, passed away peacefully with his family at his side and his Notre Dame cap on!! He lost his courageous battle with cancer on November 19, 2010 at Rapid City Regional Auxiliary Hospice House.
He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January of 2010 with a prognosis of only 4 months. His positive attitude and love for life gave his loved ones a little extra special time with him, even when he didn't feel good.
Wayne was born in Faribault, MN on March 18, 1936 to Benjamin and Viola (Young) Shanahan. This is where he grew up and graduated from Bethlehem Academy.
He attended the Minnesota School of business for six months when he became restless and decided the US Navy would offer him more opportunity.
He did join the Navy at the age of 19 where he served as a Boatswain's mate for 4 years. He was proud of his contributions to his country and his involvement at the end of the Korean war.
Wayne then found and married the woman of his dreams, Karyl Henning, on February 24th, 1962. They have always been best friends and had the wonderful opportunity to cherish each other for 48 years.
Wayne then pursued a very prosperous career in the soft drink business. After selling every kind of pop out there, he retired from the soft drink business and decided to continue his sales career by selling appliances and TV's at Karl's.
Wayne was loved by all! He was a "people person", making him the successful salesman he was.
He also possessed the awesome talent of playing the accordion, which was admired by all. He started taking lessons and learning the accordion at the young age of 8.
He also played the harmonica and could play many songs by ear.
Wayne was an avid fan of Notre Dame, He was truly a fighting Irishman!!! Notre Dame attire for the service is welcomed.
Survivors include his wife, Karyl Shanahan, his son, Mike Shanahan, And his wife, Amy, Rapid City, two daughters; Lynn Turner and her husband, Steve and Patty Gust, and her husband, Vic, all of Rapid City, a sister, Shirley DuChene, St Cloud, MN and five grandchildren.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5:00pm until 7:00pm, today, November 21, 2010 at Edstrom & Rooks Funeral Service at Serenity Springs Chapel of Tranquility. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 am, Monday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Rapid City with Fr. Rich Ressler officiating.
Inurnment will immediately follow in the Emmanuel Church Memorial Garden and military honors provided by T.R.E.A. of Rapid City. A memorial has been established by the family.
Emmanuel Episcopal Church Memorial Garden
South Dakota, USA
Created by: Ellen Bishop
Record added: Nov 21, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61973587