Byron Shanahan


(Feb. 20, 2008)

Byron B. Shanahan, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Bonnie Blue Jacket Nursing Home in Greybull. He was 89.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Feb. 28 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Barbara's Church in Powell.

Byron was born Aug. 17, 1918 in Gorman (later Marshall), Colo., to Evelyn (Wyman) and George T. Shanahan. He was raised on a homestead in South Boulder, and came to Powell in 1939 to work for Continental Oil Company.

He and Mae Collins were married in 1939 in Denver, Colo., and they became parents of four children. Mae survives him.

During World War II Byron enlisted in the Navy so his brothers could remain on the ranch. He then returned to Powell and owned SH Construction Company until disability forced his retirement. He shared his time between Powell and Boulder. He was a member of St. Barbara's Church and was a past commander of the American Legion. He loved to fish and play practical jokes.

He is also survived by sons Byron B. Shanahan, Jr., of Weston, Nebr., Sean Shanahan of Denver, daughters Berna Johnston of Fulbrook, Calif., Margaret McKee of Ralston, and a brother, Patrick, of Boulder; grandchildren Lonn, Jon, Teresa, Jason, Laura, Fred, Ted, Mike, Ryan, Matt D., and Matt G, and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Timothy, George, and sister Lois.

Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery. Thompson Funeral Home of Powell was in charge of services.