Ronald “Ron” Merrit Shanahan

Ronald “Ron” Merrit Shanahan

October 26, 1943 – April 27, 2021

 Ronald Merrit “Ron” Shanahan age 77 years.  Born in Fremont, Nebraska. Ron served in the US Army in the Vietnam War.  Afterwards, he was employed by Douglas County in their IT department until he retired.  Throughout his life he embraced his Irish heritage “inherited” from his stepfather.

Ron married his wife Margie, August 31, 1979 in Omaha, Nebraska.  They enjoyed 38 wonderful years together before she passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2018.  They were true companions in every sense of the word from taking country dancing lessons together to hosting family at their cabin in Minnesota, to traveling the world once they were retired.  It was difficult to find a photo of Ron without Margie in it.

Ron could always be found at neighborhood and family gatherings with a smile on his face and a beer in his hand.  Every year he hosted an annual chili feed for anyone and everyone who could attend, making vats of his famous chili recipe.  In July their neighborhood hosted an amazing firework show and they always opened their house up for that.  He was at every family gathering, and later in life he could always be found behind the lens of a camera as he embraced photography as a hobby.

Loving husband, son, brother-in-law, uncle, and great-uncle.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Margie; parents, Rex and Maxine.  He is survived by brothers-in-law: Bob (Laurie), Larry (Erika) and John (Stacy); sister-in-law,  Jan (Joe); nieces and nephews: Kristi, Andy (Melissa), Chelsi, Karl, Sarah, Kurt, Hannah, Mary, Olivia; great-nieces and nephews: Joey, Drew, Destanni, Meghan, Kayli, Gabe; and good friends.

VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Monday, May 3rd from 5:30pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel.  FUNERAL SERVICE: Tuesday, May 4th at 11am at the West Center Chapel with Military Honors by American Legion Post #1,  with Luncheon to follow.



  • Eileen Heffner Posted April 30, 2021 5:27 pm

    My deepest sympathies to the entire family on the loss of such a wonderful man.

  • Mike & Brenda Kelly Posted April 30, 2021 9:16 pm

    We have been Ron’s neighbors for 20 years. Ron was always cheerful and always had some dry humor to share with us. Loved watching him and Margie in the backyard looking at all there plants and flowers. The neighborhood just won’t be the same. Sending our thoughts and prayers to all his family and friends.

  • Barbara Koziol Posted April 30, 2021 9:16 pm

    I am so very sad at this loss! My prayers and condolences to all Ron’s family.

  • Ronald Gustafson Posted May 11, 2021 8:33 pm

    We were best friends in high school. So sorry for your loss.

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