Jay E. Shannan

April 1, 1962April 25, 2013
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Jay Shannan, 51, of Ames, passed away Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames following a courageous three year battle with cancer. Jay’s life will be celebrated at the shed on Jay’s farm on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 1-3 PM. His final resting place will be at Thompson Cemetery, Van Buren County Iowa at a later date.

Jay was born on April 1, 1962 in Burlington, Iowa; the son of Joe and Zeta Payne Shannan. He graduated from West Burlington High School in 1980 and furthered his education at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University where he received his doctorate degree in mechanical engineering. Jay married Deb Genaway on June 17, 2010. He was one of the founders of Engineering Animation in Ames after which he engaged in prairie restoration on his farm and restored antique John Deere tractors.

Jay is survived by his wife, Deb, of Ames; his children, Brian Shannan and Kate Shannan both of Ames, Forrest Williams of Des Moines and Emily and Grace Williams of Ames; his parents, Joe and Zeta Shannan of West Burlington; a brother, Troy (Amie) Shannan of Mars, PA and a sister, Molly (Kevin) Christensen of Danville, IA. He was preceded in death by his sister Tracy Shannan.

As a show of sympathy, the family suggests memorials be directed to the Israel Family Hospice House or Dollars for Scholars at Ballard High School. On-line condolences may be expressed at


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, May 11, 2013

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Don & Donna (Cole) Johnson

May 9, 2013

To Jay's family, Joe and Zeta Shannon, Molly Christensen, "Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this heartbreaking time. There's nothing I can say that will ease your pain but I just wanted you to know I am thinking of you. Our deepest condolences.
Cecil Cole

Kathy Fraise

May 9, 2013

To Jay's family,

I want you all to know how sad I am to hear of Jay's passing. Jay was like a brother to me as Molly's best friend growing up and I have hundreds of wonderful memories including him helping me with physics class and the big scar in my shin from Jay's ice skate.

Its been wonderful that our parents became great friends. Deb, Brian, Kate, Joe & Zeta, Molly, Troy and your families are in my prayers.

Jay will be missed by so many!

Helen Genaway

May 7, 2013

To Debbie and family- Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sending our love and condolences. Love Andrew, Helen,Rebecca and Thomas Genaway.

Lori Osborn-Rosenberg

May 1, 2013

My prayers and condolences go out to Deb Shannan and her family, Joe and Zeta Shannan, Molly Christensen, and Troy Shannan on the loss of Jay. I was in Jay's class at West Burlington Schools. He made the world a better place, and that says a lot about his character. You will be missed Jay!! Lori Osborn-Rosenberg

May 1, 2013

Our family extends our sympathy to the entire Shannan family. May God give you a peace at this time and during the months to come. Jesus said, "Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions." God bless you all. Chuck and Janet Gorsch and family. (West Burlington, IA)

John Ronca

April 29, 2013

Deb and Family,

All of the Ronca's send our love and sympathy. John, Lisa, Tyler and Bry.

April 29, 2013

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with Jay and the entire Shannan Family. I work with Troy and we discussed many times how Jay was doing. I lost my brother to cancer as well this past year, and Troy and Amie were so supportive.
Dan and Anna Nolan

Cathy Anderson

April 28, 2013

To Jay's family - Want you to know you're in our thoughts and prayers. Got to know Jay when we coached little girls' softball together many years ago. Jay was more interested in developing EVERY player and making each little girl feel special than in winning games. We will miss Jay very much. You're blessed to have had such a wonderful father/husband/brother/son!

Lori Bickford

April 28, 2013

Just want to say to Jay's wife, his children, his parents (Zeta & Joe) & his siblings (Molly & Troy) how deeply sadden we were to hear of Jays death. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Take care. All our love.
Jim & Lori Bickford