Shane Shannon St. Clair, 55, died April 18, 2020, in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident. Memorial services will begin at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, July 11 at the Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids.
Shane was born April 7, 1965, to Charles and Annette (Fodness) St. Clair in Sioux Falls. His family moved to Chester, S.D. in his early childhood. He graduated from Chester High School in 1983, where he made lifelong friendships and fond memories of football, wrestling and wild antics form his youth.
He graduated from Mitchell Technical Institute Lineman College in 1988. From 1989-2015, he worked for Otter Tail Power as a lineman and service representative. His work took him to many locations supporting the communities where he was assigned.
In 2015, he was hired by Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association, where he worked as a regional safety coordinator and JT&S instructor. He continued serving many communities in South Dakota, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. He loved being a lineman.
In 1985, Shane also joined the South Dakota National Guard, where he served in the 114th Fighter Wing, Civil Engineer Squadron. Using his professional lineman training, he worked on many assignments in-country and around the world setting up hospitals and base camps and stabilizing infrastructure. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and to Iraq in 2003 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was honorably discharged in 2006 as a First Sergeant.
Shane enjoyed traveling and was known to take long vacations to savor the places he visited. Some of his favorite activities were riding motorcycle and watching his children and grandchildren at their sporting events.
Those blessed to remember Shane’s life include his mother, Annette St. Clair of Chester; sister Ranae Williams (Grant) of Monticello, Minn.; sons Jordan St. Clair (Steffanie) of Luverne, Minn. and Andrew St. Clair of Lennox; grandsons Charlie, Kaleb and Jameson St. Clair; stepson Brady Anderson, as well as several other family members and friends.
Shane was preceded in death by his father, Charles St. Clair; grandparents, Walt and Edith St. Clair; uncle, Larry Howey and aunt, Barbara Sievers.