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Shannon Edwards

Des Moines

Shannon Junior Edwards (aka Whitey and Hardhat), age 92, died Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in Marshalltown at the Iowa Veterans Home.

Shannon, the son of Opha LaVeta (Cooper) and Shannon Charles Edwards, was born April 5, 1925. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a radio operator and a side gunner on a Boeing B-17 in WWII.

He is survived by his six children, Charles, LaVeta, Debra, Rodney, Gary and Edwin; as well as his two sisters, Joyce McDowell and Janice Rhodes. Shannon enjoyed his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Shannon was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife, Bonita Ruth.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at Grace Church, 4200 E. 25th St., in Des Moines. Pastor Shawn Kinnison will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be given to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America in his honor.

He will be laid to rest in the Van Wert Cemetery at a later time.

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