David R. Shinneman


CEDAR PARK, Texas — David R. Shinneman, 73, of Cedar Park, Texas, formerly of Clinton, died at 9:05 a.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Cedar Ridge Memory Care.

Dave was born July 23, 1945, in Clinton,  the son of Dona (Arnold) and William R. Shinneman.  Dave owned and operated Shinny’s Sales and Service in Clinton for over 35 years. During this time, he was also a private pilot instructor at Lincoln, Ill. airport. Dave sold Shinny’s to become a charter pilot and instructor for Cobb Aviation in Macomb, Ill.  Being a pilot had always been a dream of his and he was able to fulfill this dream until diagnosed with Parkinson’s.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church, in Rantoul, Ill., and a member of Heritage in Flight Aviation at Lincoln Airport, Lincoln.

Dave married Marcella Jent on January 31, 1993 in Clinton.

Surviving are his wife Marcella (Marci), sons Mike (Ellen) of Urbana, Ill. and Mark of Clinton, daughter Cheri (Mike) Beasley of Normal, Ill., son Ryan (Sonya) Jent of Liberty Hill, Texas., and eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, John. 

A celebration of David’s life will be held at First Baptist Church in Rantoul, at a later date. 

Memorials can be sent to EAA, PO Box 3816, Oshkosh WI 54903, noting Dave Shinneman’s name in the memo of the check.