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Junior Shinn, age 87, of Knoxville, passed away Sunday morning, July 10, 2013, at his residence in Knoxville.
Junior was born in Knoxville, Iowa on December 9, 1928, to the parents of Noel Dunbar and Callie Elizabeth (Ivey) Shinn. He was raised in Knoxville and attended Knoxville High School.
On September 29, 1945, in Tijuana, Mexico, Junior and Betty Louise Simbro were united in marriage. They were blessed with over 67 years of marriage before Betty's passing on March 10, 2013.
Junior and Betty lived a short time in Los Angeles before moving back to Knoxville.
Junior worked with Shinn Brothers Trucking, and in the early 1970's, he began a career with the Marion County Transportation Department. He started as a road grader operator for the county and retired as the County Purchasing Agent.
Junior was a people person. Most days started with breakfast at HyVee, then he visted Shinn Trucking Shop. He would have lunch at the Senior Citizen's Center and would then return to HyVee for an afternoon coffee. Junior enjoyed those friendships and stories, but his most treasured time was spent with his family.
Junior is survived by his children; Dean (Jan) Shinn of Knoxville, Connie (Tom) Pregon of Knoxville, and Marty (Brenda) Shinn of Pella; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 6 great great-grandchildren. He was preceded by his loving wife of 65 years, Betty (Simbro) Shinn; parents, Noel and Callie Shinn; one son in infancy, William Earl Shinn; two brothers, Benoni Shinn and "Big" Joe Shinn; and one sister, Bonnie Loynachan.
Junior's wishes were to be cremated and a Celebration of Life Service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 14, 2016, at the Winfield Funeral Home of Knoxville. Burial followed services at the Graceland Cemetery of Knoxville.
A memorial visitation was held from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at the Winfield Funeral Home of Knoxville. Junior's family was present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday evening at the funeral home.
A memorial has been established to the Knoxville Senior Center or to the donor's choice in Junior's memory.
Published on July 12, 2016
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