Richard E. Cannon

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August 19, 1934 - November 26, 2017
Born in Hollywood, CA
Resided in St. Charles, MO

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Richard E. Cannon, 83, died peacefully Sunday, Nov. 26 at SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in St. Charles of complications due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

In all things, Dick was defined by his strong sense of duty. He was devoted to his family, his wife of 58 years, Jane (nee Shannon), daughters Angie (Ed Hatcher), Carol (Jay Gershen) and Erin (Jean-Louis Chave). He was preceded in death by two beloved children, Cindy Cannon Brooks (John Brooks) and Robert Cannon. He adored his grandchildren: Danny, Mackenzie, Carrie, Peter, Mark, Robby, Louis and Emma.

Dick practiced medicine for 56 years, serving as a Navy doctor, a pediatrician and then as an allergist for the past 38 years in St. Charles. He was so committed to his patients that he was still working full-time at age 82. He even worked for six more months after his devastating ALS diagnosis in January, using a cane and then a walker to get around his office. After Dick retired June 30, hundreds of patients sent him cards thanking him for his kindness and exceptional care, describing how he had saved their lives and had enabled them to breathe again.

Dick loved wine, gardening, puttering at his workbench, collecting seashells on Captiva Island, vintage James Bond movies, symphony concerts, barbecuing, football and lunch at Cardwell’s at the Plaza in St. Louis every Wednesday. He loved traveling to visit his daughters in France, Colorado and on Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay.

Dick was born on Aug. 19, 1934, in Hollywood, Calif., the only child of the late Edwin Winter Cannon and the late Lucille Cannon (nee Pataska). He graduated from Loyola University in Los Angeles and from St. Louis University Medical School. A Navy lieutenant commander, he proudly served as the doctor aboard the U.S.S. Staten Island AGB-5, an icebreaker that traveled to Antarctica in 1962-63 as part of Operation Deep Freeze. Its mission was to clear a path into McMurdo Sound to resupply the Navy’s air base there, carry supplies to another lonely station and engage in scientific research. Dick loved showing his slides of ship life, seals and penguins and beautiful icescapes.

Over the past 11 months, ALS robbed Dick of the ability to speak, swallow, walk, and eventually to breathe. Despite those challenges, he never lost his sense of humor and inspired so many people by dealing courageously with this cruel disease through his strong faith. He and his family also were grateful for the outstanding medical care from the ALS team at the VA Medical Center John Cochran Division in St. Louis, Dr. Alex Schuetz, the staff at St. Joseph Hospital and Heartland Hospice nurses.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Academy of the Sacred Heart School, 619 N. Second St., St. Charles, MO 63301 or to the ALS Association, St. Louis Regional Chapter, 2258 Weldon Parkway, St. Louis, MO 63146.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Sue November 27, 2017 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Dearest Jane and girls,

    What a guy has just joined the Church Triumphant! With so many wonderful memories shared by Dick and the Felder family, it’s a challenge to just pick a few. So each of us will choose a favorite of his own as we send love and support to your family and continue to pray for Dick as he gives a side glance to Purgatory and enters heavenly joy.

    Continued love and prayers,
    Sue Felder and family

  2. Mary Jo Hippe November 27, 2017 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    candle 1Dearest Jane,
    Angie, Carol and Erin,
    Steve and I are sending you lots of love and prayers during this sad time.
    We love all the Cannons and will sorely miss Dick.
    It has been a blessing for us to share such a deep and loving friendship with all of you.
    Jane—you know that Dick and you have been role models for us ever since we moved to St. Charles in 1972.
    You taught us so much and welcomed us into your circle of friends.
    May God Bless you during this difficult time.
    Count on our love and prayers from this day forward.

  3. Cathy and Roseann Clever November 27, 2017 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    candle 1Mrs. Cannon, Angie, Carol, and Erin and families as well as the Brooks family, PLEASE be assured of our prayers at this difficult time. We know what you are going through at this time and you are in our thoughts and prayers. As soon as we heard the news, Mom and I said a Rosary for you. Know that Dr. Cannon is at peace and no longer suffering. He and Dad are a team again. May you feel the Angel’ s hugging you and giving you the strength you need. God bless you all! Cathy and Roseann Clever

  4. Marie Arizzi and Family November 27, 2017 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Mrs. Cannon and Family, I was treated by Dr. Cannon for almost 35 years. He was a remarkable Doctor and human being….very caring for his patients health and well being, which not only came from his knowledge but from his heart. I will always picture him with a smile and a warm greeting upon seeing me. I have missed him, and always will as no other Doctor can fill his shoes. I am saddened to know how he suffered with this dreadful debilitating disease. God took him home to be with him and his loved ones to suffer no more. May God give you and your family have the strength to bear your loss.

  5. Marty Dyer November 27, 2017 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Dear Jane and Daughters,

    Shortly after moving to St. Charles in 1968, L. M. and I met Dick, you and your family when our girls were students at the Academy. As the years progressed we worked together on many fund raising and social events at the school. I have never known any couple so dedicated to their children and their school. I have fond memories of the many events you, he and we worked on — cooking, serving and clean up. Name it and Dick was right there beside you helping anywhere needed – including washing the dishes! He was a gentle and humble servant of God. He was also my allergist for over 20 years and I am eternally grateful for his care. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Maureen Glavin, rscj November 28, 2017 at 5:30 am - Reply

    Dear Jane, Angie, Carol, Erin, Danny, Mackenzie, Carrie, Peter, Mark, Robby, Louis, Emma, John, Ed, Jay, and Jean-Louis: I am holding each of you deep in my heart at this time of great loss and sadness. Yet, I rejoice with Dick that he is, not only no longer suffering, but, with Cindy, Robert and the God whom he clearly and dearly loved. I am united with you in prayer and love in the all-embracing, all-loving Heart of Christ, Maureen Glavin, rscj

  7. Janet Meyer November 28, 2017 at 8:52 am - Reply

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Just read obit in Post today. Of course, memories came flooding back from our meetings at ASH.
    ALS is a horrible death to watch, A very close friend died of same illness a few years ago. My heart goes out to you as I know this past year was a huge struggle for all of his family.
    Stay strong as you know FIRST HAND, “time heals all wounds.”
    Prayers and thoughts of the past many years ago are coming your way.

  8. Mary Twellman November 28, 2017 at 9:32 am - Reply

    To all the Cannon family,
    You have our sympathy and prayers. I can’t say enough praise about Doc. He saved my life and gave me such great advice, not just health-wise but travel, food, etc. We had such great laughs when I went for my appointments! I can breathe normally now because of his skill and knowledge. He and the staff were like family to me and he will be greatly missed. But he is not suffering any more, so that is a blessing.

  9. Mary Twellman November 28, 2017 at 9:33 am - Reply

    To all the Cannon family,
    You have our sympathy and prayers. I can’t say enough praise about Doc. He saved my life and gave me such great advice, not just health-wise but travel, food, etc. We had so many laughs when I went for my appointments! I can breathe normally now because of his skill and knowledge. He and the staff were like family to me and he will be greatly missed. But he is not suffering any more, so that is a blessing.

  10. Ann Krieger November 28, 2017 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    candle 2Our condolences for your loss. Dr. Cannon was very loved by our family and will be very missed. Our prayers are with you all during this time.

  11. Norman & Nancy Dees November 28, 2017 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    For all the years of wonderful care, you will always be in our hearts, Doc!

  12. Kathy Hoffmeister November 28, 2017 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    candle 1To the family of Dr. Cannon:

    My heartfelt sympathy for the loss of not only a wonderful doctor but a great human being. I was fortunate to be a patient of his allergy practice for 25 years. He helped me in so many aspects that I could not begin to list them all. I have missed him ever since the close of his office the end of June & frequently asked about him. No other doctor will ever fill his shoes! However, we are so glad he is out of pain & not suffering any longer. May God wrap his loving arms about all of you as you go through these next difficult days & months. Fly high Dr. Cannon – the newest angel above!

  13. Chris (Roche) Reiser and family November 28, 2017 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    candle 8Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. He was a wonderful man whose presence will be missed. His legacy lives on in all of you.

  14. Nora Klutenkamper November 29, 2017 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your and your family!
    Jay and Nora Klutenkamper

  15. Barbara Esstman November 29, 2017 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Dear Jane, what amazing memories and spirit he must have left behind! Sending good vibes to you and your family at this time of gathering to mourn, rejoice, and remember..As Tagore said, death is not the extinguishing of light but the putting out of the candle because the dawn has come.

  16. Mary Keirle November 29, 2017 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    Dearest Jane and family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Mary Keirle

  17. Mary Keirle November 29, 2017 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    Dearest Jane and family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  18. Kathleen Hopper November 29, 2017 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    candle 3Dick was one of the most faith filled and devoted family men I have had the privilege of knowing. Now he is at peace in the loving presence of our God. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Jane, Angie, Carole, and Erin.

  19. Doug Boschert November 29, 2017 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    To the family of Dr. Cannon,

    My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you all. Dr. Cannon helped me to learn how to live a normal healthy life starting in 1980 at the age of 16. Without his help I would not be here. I was glad to have had a chance to speak with him one last time this summer before he retired. I will always remember him and the good advice that he gave me. I will miss him!

  20. Jeannine Bastean November 29, 2017 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Dear Jane and Family,
    With a heavy heart we say goodbye to a wonderful man. Know that we will hold you, Dick, and all of your family close to our hearts as we pray for all of you. May God bless everyone!
    With love,
    Don and Jeannine Bastean

  21. Michael and Laura Murphey November 29, 2017 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    candle 6May god bless you in your time of loss as we pray for your family.

  22. Carl Kunstmann November 30, 2017 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Dear family of Dr. Cannon,

    I am one of the folks who can say that Dr. Cannon changed my life. He identified my asthma issues and put me on a product that literally changed my life. I can breathe easier, enjoy my children and grandchildren to a greater degree and have a new lease on life. He has been in my prayers since I learned of his disease and I will continue praying for his soul.

    I will also update the website with the news of his death and include the obituary.

  23. Kimberly M. King, RSCJ December 1, 2017 at 7:19 am - Reply

    Dear Jane and all your family,

    Please know of my sorrow at learning of your loss. I pray that God’s strength and love may fill you all and sustain you in your sadness and grief.

    Kimberly M. King, RSCJ

  24. Vicky Enochs December 2, 2017 at 6:19 am - Reply

    candle 7Thank you Dr. Cannon.

  25. Susie Pundmann December 3, 2017 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    Wings are waiting. ❤️

  26. John Orf December 5, 2017 at 7:27 am - Reply

    candle 5Carol, so sorry for your loss (and for this late response). We just had our first grandchild and have been busy with that. I had Dr. Cannon way back when and he got me through the allergic teenage years. Thank God for him. Blessings on your family during this difficult time.

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