Herbert Clellen Shannon

Herbert Clellen Shannon (1912-2001) and his twin sister, Doris Helen, were born to William Michael and Bessie Thomas Hardwick Shannon, five miles northeast of Athens, Illinois, on a farm owned by Albert Kincaid on September 1, 1912. Herb grew up living in the country on several different farms near Athens and Indian Point, Illinois. The family moved to the north part of Athens when he was eleven years old. Herb graduated from Athens High School in 1930 in the same class as his future wife, Helen Jensen. He worked for West Grocery Stores in Petersburg and Beardstown, Illinois, before working at Ahrenkiel Motor Sales in Athens from 1941 until 1972. Herb and Helen were married in St. Charles, Missouri, in November 1941.

Herb was a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army Air Corps serving from March 1942 until November 1945. His son, William, was born while he was stationed in Natal, Brazil. In 1944 he bought the home that he and Helen lived in the rest of their lives at 206 Lumber Street, Athens. Daughters Carolyn Ruth, Barbara, and Janet completed the family; however, Carolyn died as an infant and is buried in Hall Cemetery.

Herb was a 50+ year member of the Masonic Lodge, and was active in Eastern Star, the American Legion, and the Athens Methodist Church. Herb was also a volunteer fireman for the Athens Fire Department for many years, and is remembered for his 1915 Model-T Ford, his vast knowledge of the history of Athens and Menard County, and his good nature. He died on October 17, 2001, in Springfield, Illinois, and is buried in Hall Cemetery in Athens, beside his wife, infant daughter and grandson.

Submitted by Barbara Shannon Cox

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