Glenn Willis Shannon

Glenn Willis Shannon, 85, of Willmar, died Saturday, February 11th at Bethesda Grand in Willmar.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am, Thursday, February 16th at Church of St. Mary with burial in Calvary Cemetery in Litchfield with Military Honors by American Legion Post #167 of Willmar.  Visitation will be from 5-7 pm, Wednesday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home with a Knight’s of Columbus Rosary at 7:00 pm.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to the mass at the church on Thursday.   www.hafh.org

Glenn was born on May 11, 1931, in McIntosh, Minnesota, the son of Albert Oscar and Bella (Twedt) Shannon.  He grew up in Litchfield where he attended Litchfield High School and graduated in 1948.  He served in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1952-1954 and served in Germany.  Upon his Honorable Discharge, he returned to Litchfield.  Glenn started his working career in a bakery, and from there worked a variety of jobs including being an auto mechanic, truck driver, grocery store, and also worked construction before he started his 30+ years of working for the US Postal Service.  He retired in 1993.  After retirement, he worked part time for Crown Floral delivering flowers and was the Gambling Manager at the American Legion.

On September 7, 1957, Glenn was united in marriage to JoAnne Housman Grimsgard.  To this union seven daughters were born.  He was an active member of American Legion Post #167 and VFW Post #1639 as well as Knight’s of Columbus and Church of St. Mary.

His family remembers his enjoyment of woodworking, fixing and tinkering on cars and in his earlier years he hunted.  Being on the lake with fishing pole in his hand along with gardening were his favorite past times.  Glenn was honored to be a part of the Honor Guard which provided Military Honors for service men and women of our area through American Legion Post #167.  Most of all, Glenn was extremely proud of his “girls” and their families.

Surviving are his wife, JoAnne; daughters: Cathy (and Jeff) Kallevig of Spicer; Laurie (and Tom) Hayek of Renville; Jane (and Mark) Henkel of Maynard; Carol (and Dale) Jaenisch of Clara City; Mary (and Steve) Henkel of Pennock; Colleen (and Robert Jr) Walquist of Little Falls; Kay Gluth of Maynard; 20 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; brother, John Shannon of Elma, WA; and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, mother and father-in-law, Laura and Clifford Housman, sister, Gloris Friederichs, brother-in-law, John Friederichs, sisters-in-law, Phyllis Shannon and Beverly Housmansister, and great granddaughter, Olivia Hayek.

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