Carl Cannon 1956-2020

Carl Cannon 1956-2020

Carl David Cannon, 64, of Goff, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his children.

Carl was born Dec. 20, 1956, in Goff, to Donald F. And Viola M. (Shuler) Cannon. He attended Wetmore High School until 1974.

Carl married Renee D. Williams on June 28, 1975, in Madison. Together they had four children. Carl spent the majority of his life in the Madison area raising his family and working for IBP in Emporia. Carl and Renee divorced in April of 2003.

Carl married Cathy J. Palmer on May 28, 2007. Cathy had five children from a previous marriage whom he loved and respected as his own. Carl worked for A-lert Construction Services and traveled until his retirement. Carl and Cathy resided in Goff. His beloved wife Cathy passed away on Feb. 25, 2020.

Carl was an avid outdoorsman; he greatly enjoyed hunting and fishing. You could almost always find him in a garage working on a car or telling someone what they were doing wrong and how to do it the “right” way. During his “younger” years, Carl enjoyed camping and boating with his family. He taught each of his children to water ski with the loving phrase “you either get up or it is a long swim back to shore.” He was a motorcycle enthusiast, often taking his children on long motorcycle rides and enjoying motorcycle rallies.

Carl was preceded in death by his wife, Cathy Cannon, in 2020; his parents, Viola Cannon in 2016 and Donald Cannon in 2013; two brothers, Richard Cannon in 1972 and Calvin Cannon in 2008; a sister, Donna Johnsen in 2011; and a stepson, Bernard Palmer, in 1982.

He is survived by his children, Brandy Stubbs and Melissa Huntsman, both of Hilliard, Ohio, Staci Bednar (Travis) of Beatrice, Neb., Brian Cannon (Savanah) of Council Grove, Baron Large of Goff, Jeremy Large (Rachel) of Sabetha, Andy Palmer (Kristen) of Topeka and Joey Large (Kaci) of Sabetha; and 22 grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Raymond Cannon (Nancy) of Holton, and a sister, Darlene Cannon of Goff; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and his dog, Wallace.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. There will be no visitation as cremation has already taken place. 

As an expression of sympathy, monetary donations may be made to a memorial fund of the family’s choosing.

Lauer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To express your sympathy and for more information visit


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109 W. Fourth St.
Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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