Redd Shannon, age 87, of Port Ludlow, Washington, passed away quietly on March 30, 2004.A memorial service will be held on April 24, 2004 at at the First Presbyterian Church in Port Townsend, Washington.Lunch will follow in the Fellowship Hall.
Bill, as his friends knew him, was born in Marion, Ohio on April 12, 1917.He was the only child of Frank B. Shannon and
Irene Redd Shannon.As a child, he enjoyed
his many collections, fishing, and Boy Scout activities.
Bill attended HardingHigh School in Marion and OhioNorthernUniversity at Ada, Ohio.At ONU, he was a member of Delta Sigma Phi
Fraternity, served as manager of the University track team, and was editor and
photographer of the class yearbook.His
many pictures include the two-page university photo on the inside cover.He graduated in 1939 with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Mechanical Engineering.
After graduation, Bill was hired by the
Northern Pacific Railway as a Special Apprentice.During World War II, at the request of his
draft board, Bill remained with the railroad serving the war effort by keeping
soldiers and equipment moving throughout the railroad system.As an engineering trouble-shooter, he was
constantly on the move with assignments across the country from St. Paul, Minnesota to Seattle, Washington.He also spent considerable time working in
the mobile testing lab known as the “Dynamometer” car.
In 1945 he met and married Helen Jean Hager of Kerkhoven, Minnesota.They were
married for 58 years.Their family,
raised in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, consisted of four
children: Harold, Patricia, David, and Suzanne.Here the family enjoyed many lake activities, including swimming, water
skiing, fishing, and ice-skating.Each
summer included a family camping trip.
Bill served the Northern Pacific Railway, and later
the Burlington Northern, in various management capacities, working his way up
to Chief Mechanical Officer of the Northern Pacific, and later with the
Burlington Northern as Assistant Vice President of Operations in Billings, Montana.His last 7
˝ years, prior to retiring from the railroad industry, were with Trailer Train
Company in Chicago where he served as Vice
President of Equipment.In total, Bill’s
railroad career spanned 40 years.He was
a lifetime member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the
Society of Automotive Engineers.He also
served as President of the Western Railway Club and was a member of the
Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association.
Upon his retirement, Bill and Jean moved
to Port Ludlow, Washington to be nearer their children and to enjoy the golf
and boating the area provided.Bill took
an active part in the community, serving as president of the Highland Greens
Owners Association and attending the Port Townsend First Presbyterian
Church.Bill and Jean traveled
extensively throughout the United States and the world, including Russia, China, Mongolia, the Holy Land, the
Caribbean, Central America, the British Isles, Scandinavia, Europe, Egypt and Africa.Bill was planning a trip to South America
and Antarctica when he was hospitalized this past year.
Bill is survived by his wife Jean Shannon of Port
Ludlow, Washington; his son Harold
Shannon and his wife Sandy of Aloha, Oregon; his daughter Pat Holten
and her husband Richard of Richland, Washington; his son David Shannon and his
wife Vicki of Shepherd, Montana; and his daughter Sue
VonEschen and her husband Greg of Rockford, Michigan.Surviving grandchildren are Loree
Shannon; Julee Basinger and her husband Dave; Ben, Erica, and Annie Holten;
Jeff and Kara Shannon; and Jon and David VonEschen.
Shannon’s legacy survives in the strong, dedicated, and productive families he
lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances be made to the Northern
Pacific Railway Historical Association, P.O. Box 2937, Kirkland, WA.98083-2937.