Richard Cannon

Obituary of Richard L. Cannon

Richard L. Cannon, age 82, formerly of Yankton, SD passed away Monday, April 21, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society in Scotland, SD. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Chapel, Yankton. Military rites will be by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post #791 Honor Guard, Yankton and the SDARNG Honor Guard, Sioux Falls. Visitations will be from 11-2 PM, Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Chapel with the family present from 1-2 PM. Burial of Richard's cremated remains will be in the Garden of Memories at a later date. Richard was born on May 7, 1931 to John T. and Marie (Marsh) Cannon of Cherokee, IA. He attended Immaculate Conception School for 12 years, graduating in 1949. He learned several crafts by working for an electrician, welder, motor re-winder, radio/TV service, and a state hospital in Cherokee, IA. Richard married Donna L. Phipps on July 4, 1952 at the Air Force base chapel in Denver, CO. To this union, two children were born, Cindy and Tim. In 1952, he enlisted in the Air Force and was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant in 1956. He spent some time in Korea and Japan. Upon his return to Iowa, he operated a tavern for several years. He then started a factory to manufacture a device that would play on any piano. He sold this to a company in Columbus, NE which produced a version of his unit. These units were sold primarily by the Wurlitzer Company. The family moved to Yankton in 1965. He went on the road selling a multitude of products. In 1984, he opened the first video store in Yankton, sold it in 1986, and started a VCR repair service. He operated his own coin op game route for several years and then retired. Richard is survived by his daughter, Cindy (Greg) Zweifel of Scotland, SD; son, Tim (Grace) Cannon of Bonaire, GA; grandchildren: Stacie (Seth) Peterson and their children, Cohen and Vivien of Sioux Falls, SD, Paul (Alyssa) Zweifel and their children: Parker, Aspen and Raegen of Dell Rapids, SD, Jared (Jenell) Zweifel and their son, Henry of Scotland, SD, Christina, Deanna, and Michelle Cannon of Bonaire, GA, and James Cannon of Herndon, VA; and brother, Donald Cannon of Mayville, ND and four nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and wife, Donna on July 15, 2007.
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