Shannon Lawrence was family’s real cowboy
Mass of Christian Burial for Shannon Lawrence, 34, of Ash Creek, was held Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the Eagle Butte School Auditorium.
Burial was at St. Therese Catholic Cemetery, White Horse, under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Shannon passed away Thursday, March 7, 2103.
Shannon Lee Lawrence was born July 27, 1978, in Sioux Falls to Justin and Jenny (Lind) Lawrence. He was the youngest of four boys. Shannon spent his younger days in the White Horse area and attended White Horse Day School and later graduated from Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High School in 1997.
While in high school, Shannon stayed in the dorms where he met a numerous amount of his lifelong friends. After high school, he moved in with his cousin Dawson Gunville, whom he considered his brother. He resided with the Romey and Joyce Gunville family and they took him in as their own.
In 2001, he met a very special friend, Patty Knight. He then moved to Ash Creek until the time of his death. He became very close with Patty’s children and helped raise her two boys. Shannon instilled his cowboy ways into Rylee and William. He also took on Patty’s brothers, Nick, Pete and Deb as his own. He leaves behind is dog, Charly, and horse, Tobassco.
Shannon comes from a big extended family, but he was the baby of his family. He made trips home often to check in and loved being around his parents, big brothers, sisters-in-law, and especially his nieces and nephews. He had a nickname for every one of them. He always helped his dad, grandpa Clarence and uncles, whether it be brandings, moving cows, cutting studs or other ranching duties. He said he was the real cowboy of the family.
Shannon was a well-known ranch hand around Eagle Butte and the surrounding areas. During this time he acquired the nickname “Tall Horse” from Bob Keck. He was always willing to help, no matter what it was. He never complained or said no, he just did it.
He loved horses, bucking horses and rodeo. He helped Georgie, Glen, Chipper and Harley Gunville with their bucking stock, as well as many other local stock contractors. Ed Widow had a topnotch bronc named Cherry Creek Kid. When Shannon would help Ed and Norris with the bucking horses, he would say, “One of these days I’m gonna saddle up Cherry Creek Kid and go pick chokecherries!” He had a one-of-a-kind sense of humor that we are all going to miss.
Shannon is survived by his parents, Justin and Jenny Lawrence of White Horse; his brothers, Troy (Tammy) Lawrence of Trenton, N.D., Tracy (Kristi) Lawrence of Eagle Butte, and J.P. (Tawny) Lawrence of White Horse; nieces, Justyn, Jade, Charann, Zoey and Lexus; nephews, Clinton, Stetson (Teri Kay), Chase, Nevada, Maximus, Lathan and one great-nephew, Easton; grandmother, Charlotte Lawrence of White Horse; uncles, Roger (Mona) Lawrence, Paul (Jolene) Lawrence, Richard (Lisa) Lawrence, Arlyn (Cheryl) Lawrence, Marty (Monica) Lawrence, Edward (Sharon) Lind, Ivan (Georgiann) Lind and Bernard Lind; great-aunts, Melda Lee, Wanda Warren, Mae LeBeau and Beck Baer; aunts, Tootsie Lawrence, Pat Lawrence, Loretta Whitney, Alberta (Tom) Hartwick and Wanda Lind; a very special friend, Patty Knight and her children, Tomi, Bobbi, Sasha (Pace), Cole, William and Rylee; cousins, Debbie, Kelvin, David, Staci, Kellie, Darla, Benny, Catherine, Martilyn, Lyn’D, Stephanie, Brian, Andel, Lori, Kris, Keri, Sherri, Ricki, JayDean, Kevin, Doug, Jason, Kristen, Jack, Mae, Alexander and Kaitlyn; godchildren, Charrann, Brooklyn, L.B. and Gunner; and numerous cousins, great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clarence Lawrence and Andrew and Irene Lind; and infant brother, Baby Boy Lawrence; uncles, Pepsi Lawrence, Swede Lind, Leonard Lind and John Lind; aunts, Ethlene Lind, Lavinia Christenson, Geraldine Petre and Betty Lawrence; sister-in-law, Leva Lawrence; special cousin, Guyla Gunville; and special friend/brother, Blue Annis.