Howard County

Maj. Allan K. Shackleton



Shackleton-Rahel Wedding Performed

CRESCO—Dr. George Kessel of Cresco announces the marriage of his grandson, Lieut. Allan K. Shackleton, at Omaha, Nebr., March 14, to Miss Virginia Rahel of Omaha, performed in the chapel of the First Presbyterian Church of Omaha by the pastor, Doctor Thomas Niven.

The maid of honor was Miss Louise Reynolds and the best man was Clifford Rahel, brother of the bride.

The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Rahel of Omaha and received her B.A. degree at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.

Lieutenant Shackleton is a son of Mrs. Frank Lowry of Honolulu, the former Julia Kessel of Cresco. He is a graduate of the Cresco high school and the University of Pennsylvania and received his commission as second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in February, 1942.

After a wedding trip through the south, Lieut. And Mrs. Shackleton will go to Fort Benning, Ga., where he is to report for Army duty.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, March 20, 1942

Lt. Allan Shackleton Advances to Captain

Cresco—Lt. Allan K. Shackleton, grandson of Dr. George Kessler of Cresco, was recently promoted to the rank of Captain of Co. H., 119th Infantry, U.S. Army. Captain Shackleton is a graduate of the Cresco high school and of the University of Pennsylvania with a 2nd lieutenant’s commission in the officers’ reserve corps. He was transferred from Nashville, Tenn., to Camp Atterbury, Ind.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, November 6, 1943

Son of Admiral Lowry’s Wife, Hit by Shrapnel

Cresco—Cresco relatives received word that a former Cresco man, Capt. Allan Shackleton, was wounded in action in the Normandy war zone while serving with his battalion. He was wounded in the thigh by shrapnel and was taken to a U. S. Army hospital in England for treatment.

Capt. Shackleton is a son of Mrs. Frank Lowry, wife of Rear Admiral Frank J. Lowry of the Navy, and grandson of Dr. George Kessel of Cresco.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, July 29, 1944

By Frank Miles (Daily Times Herald War Correspondent)

In the European Theater (IDPA)
—Captain Allan Shackleton, Cresco, unconsciously attracted my attention in a group of young officers one night because he was taller and broader than most of them. The captain was of a trooper carrier outfit after being re-classified from the infantry in which he had been wounded. Rear Admiral Frank J. Lowry was his step-father.

Source: Carroll Daily Times Herald, March 24, 1945


Cresco—Miss Gertrude Kessel received word that her nephew, Allan Shackleton, was promoted from captain to major. Major Shackleton is with the 52nd troop carrier wing of the army air corps with headquarters in France.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, June 15, 1945

Obituary of Allan K. Shackleton:

Allan Kessel Shackleton, 68, died November 12 in Milwaukee, Wis. after a long illness.

He was born in Cresco, the son of Allan D. and Julia Kessel Shackleton and spent his youth here with his grandfather, the late Dr. George Kessel. Allan attended the University of Chicago and was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1941. He entered the military service with the U.S. Army and served in England and France where he was wounded and separated from the service as a major in 1945.

Shackleton was the General Life Agent for Lincoln National Life Insurance Company in Milwaukee until his retirement. Since then he had been an independent agent.

Allan was a member of the Chartered Life Underwriters and the National Estate Planning Council for 39 years. He was a member of Kiwanis International, Psi Upsilon Fraternity and St. Christopher's Episcopal Church.

He preceded his mother in death by five days.

Survivors are his wife, Virginia; one son Douglas of Chantilly, VA.; a daughter, Cynthia Martin of Milwaukee; two grandchildren; and an aunt, Gertrude Williams of Cresco.

Source: Times-Plain Dealer, November 25,1987