Kiernan M. "K" Shannon
August 27, 1928  -  October 11, 2017

Kiernan M. "K" Shannon


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Ascension Funeral Home
426 West New River Street
Gonzales, LA  70737
Monday, October 16, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
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Ascension Funeral Home
426 West New River Street
Gonzales, LA  70737
Monday, October 16, 2017
12:00 noon
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Ficklin Cemetery
Hwy. 932
Prairieville, LA  70769
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I served in the Marine.

Kiernan M. “K” Shannon (Ret.) Sgt. Maj. USMC
Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity. Titus 2:7
Mr. K passed away on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at 10:20 a.m. at Magnolia Assisted Living in Gonzales, LA. He was 89 years old and a native and resident of Gonzales. He was a retired Sergeant Major of the United States Marine Corps with 23 years of service. He served during the Korean War and Vietnam War. He received the Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), Vietnamese Service Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Presidential Unit Citation. After retiring from the Marine Corps, he worked at Freeport-McMoran Inc. and Agrico Chemical Company as a safety supervisor. After these two careers, he served as the first Emergency Management Coordinator for the Office of Emergency Preparedness for Ascension Parish. Visiting will be at Ascension Funeral Home, 426 W. New River St., Gonzales, on Monday, October 16, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until service at 12:00 noon conducted by Pastor Malcolm Richard. Burial with full military honors will be at Ficklin Cemetery. Survived by his daughter, Trudi Sheets and husband, Rodney; son, Michael P. Shannon and companion, Linda Caisse; three grandchildren, Erin Sheets, Reid Sheets, and Jeffrey Shannon and wife, Stacy; and four great grandchildren, Blake Sheets, Kaylie Sheets, Sarah Shannon, and Cameron Shannon. Preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Yvonne Shannon; grandson, Wesley Sheets; and his mother, Eunice Millet Kuepferle. Pallbearers will be Michael Shannon, Rodney Sheets, Reid Sheets, Blake Sheets, Jeffrey Walker, and Larry Moran. Special thanks to the hospice nurse, Jay, and the staff of Amedisys Hospice, the loving staff at Magnolia Assisted Living, and his sitters, Tas and Brittani. Please visit the online guestbook at www.ascensionfuneral.com.

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  1. Alan Hunsberger (LEPA President)
    Watson, LA

    I had the fortune of meeting Mr. K in the 90's on the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness (LEPA) Board of Directors. One of my first interactions with him was over a cup of coffee with him explaining to me "how things worked, and how things DON'T work." Mr. K was a clear leader in LEPA, and well respected amongst his peers. As he led into retirement, LEPA was embarking on the creation of a Certification for Emergency Managers. I am proud to be the individual to nominate Mr. K as the first LEM in the state's history. I am proud to call Mr. my friend, and appreciate his mentorship. Mr. K left his indelible mark on emergency management in Louisiana, and did great things in his role for the citizens of Ascension Parish. He made a difference in people's lives.

  2. Megan
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    Mr K was one of the hardest working men I've ever met. Until the end when exercising was difficult, Mr K never gave up. He was the sweetest and most honorable man I ever had the pleasure of working with. His sitter, Tas, also has my highest respect as the most diligent and kind hearted companion.
    Prayers and love,
    Megan, the ST

  3. Tori Siears
    Gonzales, LA

    When I was younger, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and then I got a job working for the Ascension Parish Office of Emergency Management where I met Kiernan "K" Shannon. He was a retired Sergeant Major with the Marine Corp and had recently retired from industry, and for anyone that knew him, knows that he was like no other. He had a passion for safety and the well being of the residents of Ascension Parish. He taught me everything he knew and quickly turned my unknowings of what I wanted to do with my life, to a passion for helping people. He was the reason I got my Bachelors Degree in Emergency Administration and Management, and he was the reason I dedicated 20 years of my life to working disasters. And although we butted heads many many times, he was one of the best bosses I've ever had. He never wavered on his commitment to this parish nor me to learn everything he knew. And although he resisted, he also learned a few newer things from me. "K" always had a story and a reason behind his ways. He dedicated over 10 years of his life to making emergency preparedness a requirement in our lives. He started many new programs for the betterment of our parish residents and retired with a heavy heart because there was so much more he wanted to do, but knew it was time for him to move on. He had a large part in the person I am today and he will be greatly missed. RIP "K" (Kiernan M. Shannon)

  4. Rick Webre
    Gonzales, LA

    K. Shannon was the first emergency manager for Ascension Parish, Louisiana and began that program with only a desk and a chair in the corner of the Gonzales Fire Station. He retired in 2002 and I came on board in 2007. Within that five-year gap there were five emergency managers in Ascension Parish. Without Sergeant Major Shannons mentorship and guiding hand, it would have been much more difficult for me to develop a successful emergency management program here. I will miss his candor and leadership immensely. Semper Fidelis.

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