Delbert Gerald Shannon "Jerry"

March 7, 1942November 12, 2020

Jerry Shannon, 78, died on Thursday, November 12, 2020 in Merced, California after a hard fought battle with recent health issues. Jerry was born in Fresno, California on March 7, 1942, but lived most of his life in Merced, where he followed in his father Ralph's footsteps and worked at, owned and operated Shannon Pump Company for over 50+ years.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Elizabeth Shannon.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 54 years, Claudia Shannon. He is also survived by his son Christopher (Betty) Shannon. His four daughters, Linda Burdick, Sis (Brad) Buttrey, Joni (Rob) Grubb and Patti Burdick. His sister Kathleen Shannon. Jerry "Papa Jer" will be sorely missed by his seven grandchildren, Kari (wayne) Slate, Michael (Lidia) Burdick, Kaden Rocha, Clair Killman, Tyler Hayes, Brittany Hayes and Delbert Jerald "DJ" Shannon. He is also survived by seven great grandchildren, Garrett Slate, Jared Slate, Jaden Rocha, Jordyn Rocha, Jax Rocha, Giada Burdick and Trevis Burdick. His nephews, David (Tammy) Chiesa and Don (Kellie) Chiesa, along with several great nephews and great nieces.

A celebration of life for all of Jerry's extended family, friends and customers will be held at a future date which will be announced.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made in Jerry's name to the Valley Children's Hospital or to a charity of your choice.


7 December

Memorial Service

10:30 am

Yosemite Church

Merced, California


Delbert Gerald Shannon "Jerry"

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Jeff Pasley

November 26, 2020

What a guy! Jerry was truly one of the best people I have ever met. In the 1980s I was a young guy staring a business. Jerry was not only one of my first customers but a mentor. He gave me lots of helpful advice on business and life. He had such a calm demeanor and a great sense of humor. They don’t make men like him anymore. He will be missed.
Jeff Pasley

Doris Roberts

November 23, 2020

The last time I saw Jerry was at the last Class of 1960 reunion the one and only time he attended. Held out my hand he took one look and said "I need a hug". It felt good to see my old classmate after all these years. Jerry will be missed very much by us all. So very sorry for the families loss but the memories will keep him alive for us all.

Doris James Roberts


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