Theadore Steven Shannon Jr. (Steve) was born on June 26, 1943 and passed away September 17, 2019 at age 76. He lived a full and wonderful life. A life celebration will be held on October 20, 2019 at 2 pm at the Centralia Seventh Day Adventist church. This is a fitting location as he and his father were builders of the church that he is to be honored in.
Steve was a life-long Christian man and if only one word was used to describe him it would have to be Christian. Those that knew him would also describe him as generous, intelligent, peace-maker, hard-working, honest, selfless, determined, wise, and a man of action always planning and getting things done.
He married his high-school sweetheart, Wilma on June 30, 1963 and together they raised four children, Rick, Andrea, Ted and Rebecca. The family went to church every week and Steve made sure his kids had a Christian education and his family never went without. He taught his kids by example that honesty and hard work are how you live.
Over the years, Steve built hundreds of homes working with his father and then transitioned into running his own business operating heavy equipment from which he retired several years ago. He was known for fairness and excellent workmanship in his business. He earned a reputation of being a true master on the bulldozer and rightly so.
After the passing of Wilma in July of 2001, he lived alone until the Lord led him to find a new partner, Edee, whom he married in October of 2003. Together they have shared life up until the final moment of Steve’s time on earth. Edee had known Steve since childhood and they shared a deep devotion to their church and helping those around them.
Steve was very active with the church over the years. He went on 23 separate church building mission trips and became an expert at feeding large groups of people. He would plan, orchestrate and help prepare meals, at times, feeding hundreds of people. He was excellent at planning and making things go right.
Some of his hobbies include: Being a pilot of small fixed-wing planes, taking film photos and developing them, picture framing, gardening, identifying birds, traveling the world, doing burnout’s and cruising in his 62’ Chevy, and always sharing a good sense of humor.
He is survived by wife Edee Shannon, Children: Rick Shannon, Andrea Mahn, Ted Shannon and Rebecca Teitzel, and son-in-law, Alan Teitzel; grandchildren Jesse, Jettero, Haley, Taylor, Kyleigh, Samantha, Steven, Connor and Mya and two great grandchildren, Nareenah and Keyanna.
A whole book could be written on his life, but this is not it. He would appreciate us keeping it simple.
He did live a life of selflessness. He left those that knew him, and the world in general, better off with his actions. His life is an inspiration to do good in the world and help those you can.
Steve will be truly missed by his family and hundreds of people he called friends.