Funeral service will be Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake, Iowa. Visitation will take place Wednesday, April 13, 2011 from 4-8 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. Burial will be in the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery with Full Military Rites by the Alta VFW Post #6172 in Storm Lake. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.
Robert James was born Jan. 2, 1950 in Storm Lake, to Harold and Laura Mae (Matthews) Shannon. Growing up he attended school in Storm Lake and later enlisted in the United States Army. Robert was stationed in Korea during the Vietnam War where he served his country until he was honorably discharged.
In 1995 Robert was united in marriage to Esther Zeilger. Together they lived in Hanover.
Robert was an active member of the Quarter House Association and the Alta VFW Post #6172. He had a passion for horses and other livestock, and enjoyed trail riding and being a part of the Saddle Club. In Robert's free time he liked to go to area auctions and sales. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther in 2000; and his parents.
Those left to cherish his memory include his children: Robert (fiancÚ Samantha) Shannon of Urbandale; Michael (Nora) Shannon of Nemaha; Wendy (Dale) Kirby of Pleasantville; Sheila Michelson of Swea City; Rob Pigman of Swaledale; and Allan Zeilger of Woden; grandchildren: Mariah Ann, Laci Anne, Zakeriah, Daved, Roman, Anthony, James, Kyle, and McKenzie; brothers: Paul (Ina Rae) Shannon of Alta; and David (Carolyn) Shannon of Storm Lake; sister, Susan Shannon-Graves of Storm Lake; extended family and many friends.