Truman L. Shinn, 80, of Conway Springs, retired USD # 259 educator, coach and farmer, died Monday, January 20, 2014 as a result of an automobile accident in southwest Wichita.
Truman L. Shinn, 80, of Conway Springs, retired USD # 259 educator, coach and farmer, died Monday, January 20, 2014 as a result of an automobile accident in southwest Wichita.Truman was born June 5, 1933 on a farm west of Millerton, Kansas to Theodore Kermet Shinn and Nellie Hussey Shinn. He spent his early childhood near Millerton and attended Millerton rural school through the 6th grade. The Shinn's moved to their home place 4 miles northeast of Conway Springs in August of 1945 and Truman attended Conway Springs public school. Truman participated in football, basketball and track at Conway Springs High School. He was known as the "Conway Comet" and held the record in the 880, 440 and 220 yd. dash. Truman was captain of the 1951 High School State Champion Track Team.
Following his graduation from Conway Springs High School with the class of 1951, Truman attended Wichita University where he was active in track and served as captain of the track team his senior year. He received a B.A. degree in English and Journalism and Physical Education from Wichita University in 1955. He earned his master's degree in Public School Administration in 1963.
Truman was united in marriage to Carol Lou Harrington on August 7, 1955 in the First Presbyterian Church in Conway Springs, Kansas. They made their first home at 1448 N. Woodland in Wichita.
Truman began teaching physical education and coaching when Pleasant Valley County School opened in the fall of 1955, where he remained on faculty for the next 39 years. Truman served the school in many capacities and was an interim principal and vice-principal. He gave much famous basketball and track students their start throughout his coaching career. Truman was elected as Track Representative by the other city school coaches, a position he had for over 20 years.
Truman and Carol moved to 3135 N. Sedgwick on March 14, 1964. They spent the summer months helping Truman's father with the farming operation northeast of Conway Springs. Truman and Carol took over the farm business in 1975 and expanded the operation over the years.
Truman and Carol retired to Conway Springs in May of 2002. They celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 2005.
Truman was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Conway Springs, where he served as an elder and on numerous committees. He was a member of Mistletoe Lodge #269 A.F. & A.M., Conway Springs, and Lions International. He served as president of the Conway Springs Lions Club in 2007. Truman was a past president of the Wichita Area Track & Field Officials Association. He was responsible for and assisted with many track meets in the Wichita area including the High School State Track Meet for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents;
Truman is survived by his wife Carol L. Shinn of the home; one son Theron Shinn and wife Michelle; two daughters: Daria Ebersole and husband Brent, Cara Leahy and husband Tom all of Conway Springs, Kansas; two sisters: Dalice Cline of Conway Springs, Kansas; Beverly Mies and husband Wilfred of Wichita, Kansas; 7 grandchildren: Talan, Alyssa, and Taylor Shinn, Trista Boyd, Trenton Ebersole, Carl and Brenna Leahy and a number of other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church, Conway Springs, with the Rev. Roland Slater, pastor and the Rev. Rodney Peters, officiating. Music was by Karen Lange and Lynn Harrington. Selections included: "Born Free", "How Great Thou Art", Holy, Holy, Holy", "On Eagle's Wings" and "Chariots of Fire." Casket Bearers were: grandchildren: Trista Boyd, Talan Shinn, Alyssa Shinn, Trenton Ebersole, Carl Leahy Taylor Shinn and Brenna Leahy.
Masonic Graveside rites were by Mistletoe Lodge #269 A.F. & A.M. Conway Springs, KS. Interment was in Conway Springs Cemetery, Conway Springs, Kansas. Arrangements were by Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs. On line condolences and guest book are available www.ebersolemortuary.com.
Memorials have been established with the First Presbyterian Church, Conway Springs, or to the CSHS Athletic Dept.