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1933 Shannon 2016

Shannon Mcshane Murchison

June 1, 1933 — August 7, 2016

Shannon McShane Murchison, 83, was born along with twin brother, Park on June 1, 1933 to Jowell McCoullough Murchison and Kathleen (Johnson) Murchison in Hereford, TX and passed away early Sunday, August 7, 2016 in his Norman home.

Shannon was raised in Herford and later moved to Dallas, Texas. He both attended Highland Park High School and Dallas High School where he graduated in 1951. He attended two years at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TGX and became active with the Dallas Chapter of Jaycees, being given the honor of Rookie of the year. On January 16, 1954 he married Wand June Kelley in Clinton.

He started his career in sales with Collins radio in 1954. Working his way up the corporate ladder, he moved into Avionics Sales in 1965. In 1969, Shannon established a district sales and service facility in Wichita, Kansas for avionics sales to dealers and airlines. After three years in Wichita, Shannon was given responsibility for a seven state region doubling orders to a level of $14 million annually for Collins. In 1973, Collins Radio became Rockwell Collins. In 1974, he was promoted to Aviation Director, with Rockwell Collins, responsible for sales in 69 countries in Europe Africa, and the Middle East. This promotion took Shannon and his family to England for five years. Shannon finished his working career with Rockwell Collins spending the last 20 years in Cedar Rapids as Director of Marketing for the Air Transport Division and then Vice President of Marketing in the Air Transport Division. Shannon traveled to six of the seven continents and well over on hundred different countries during his working career. On many occasions Wanda traveled with him. He was well respected by his customers and his fellow Collins co-workers.

Shannon retired in 1997 after almost 43 years with Rockwell Collins.

Shannon became a Master Mason in 1955, a member of Shrine in 1972. He enjoyed a long time involvement with the masons, Eastern Star and Shrine holding many offices. Shannon and Wanda participated in Eastern Star together for many years serving as Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron on three occasions, once in Dallas and twice in Norman. In addition, Shannon also served as Worthy Patron with his daughter, Shannon in Norman. He served as Grand Representative to Brazil from Oklahoma in Eastern Star and made two trips to Brazil with Wanda for Eastern Star events. Shannon was member of El Kahir Shrine in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and served as Potentate in 1990. Shannon was also an associate member of India Shrine in Oklahoma City, OK. Shannon was very service oriented and served in an advisory capacity to the Rainbow Girls organization in which both of his daughters were members. During his lifetime, Shannon enjoyed traveling, playing golf with his wife and daughter, playing tennis and watching OU football.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Thomas Jowell Murchison and Park McCullough Murchison and brother in law J.M. Kelley.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda, of the home, two daughters, Kelley Murchison Taylor and husband, David Wayne, and Shannon Murchison Decker and husband, Joel, all of Norman, brothers in law, Jack Kelley and Gerald Kelley, and sister in law Martha Kelley all of Clinton.
He is also survived by four grandchildren, Emma Leigh Decker, Andy Taylor, Allie Taylor and Annie Taylor.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

The family will greet guests from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at Tribute Memorial Care in Norman.

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Celebration of Life

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church Utility Assistance or Food Pantry

419 South University Boulevard, Norman, OK 73069


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