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Shannon Earl Russel, 61

December 20, 2017

Shannon Earl Russell, 61, of Pierre, died Tuesday, December 12 at Ava House Hospice due to complications from heart disease.

Shannon was born November 3, 1956 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre, SD to Eldon J Russell and Janice Russell. He grew up in Pierre and graduated from T.F. Riggs High School in 1975. After graduation, Shannon joined the S.D. National Guard and served full-time for ten years. He worked for over 30 years in the trucking industry, traveling throughout the United States. He returned to Pierre and worked for Morris, Inc. Shannon then ventured to North Dakota for a time and trucked in the busy oil fields. He most recently worked at CarQuest in Pierre. He loved working on cars, hunting, fishing and woodworking.

Shannon is survived by his loving companion, Bianica; his daughter, Jennifer Russell Ensz (Kevin); two grandchildren, Lincoln and Kiyla, all of Tea, SD; his parents; brother, Jeff Russell, Twin Falls, ID; sister, Maria Russell (John Boje), Omaha, NE; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephew and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister, Shelley Russell; brother, Kevin Russell; and his grandparents.

Private services were held in Sioux Falls and interment will follow at a later date.