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Lynn Jackson Shook

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Lynn Jackson Shook Obituary
Lynn Jackson Shook, age 74, of Akron, Colorado, died Monday, May 9, 2016 in his home with his family around him after a lengthy battle with cancer. Lynn was born September 5, 1941 to Robert Henry and Sylvia Evangeline Jackson Shook in Denver, Colorado. He grew up 7 miles northeast of Akron on the original Jackson farm. He attended Star and Sunshine country schools with his siblings Dillon, Ron, David, and Ann, McKie and Jackson cousins and neighborhood families, where he finished the eighth grade. He started Akron High School with 200 students which was pretty traumatic for a boy of 13 when he had been attending schools of 12 students. His locker was next to Mary Ann Schinkel. Little did he know she would be his future wife. After graduating with the class of 1959, he started college in Greeley where he studied education, history and government. He graduated with a BA degree on August 15, 1963. While in college, he renewed his friendship with Mary Ann. They were married on August 18, 1963, the first wedding in the newly built First Baptist Church of Akron. Lynn was one of the charter members of the First Baptist Church when it was organized in 1952. He had gone forward for salvation during the initial meetings and was baptized in an irrigation ditch near Fort Morgan, Colorado soon after.
Lynn's first teaching position was in Castle Rock, Colorado where he taught middle school. While in Castle Rock, they were blessed with their first child, Jenifer Kay. They left Castle Rock in May of 1966 for a teaching job in Fort Morgan, CO where he taught fifth grade. That December, Jason Eric was born. The next summer, Lynn started farming a quarter acre on the base line road south of Akron. He continued to teach in Fort Morgan until 1969, when he and Mary Ann brought their family to a farm north of Akron close to his parents' farm. Lynn taught junior high for 6 years at the Akron schools. In July 1970, Jeremy Lynn was born at their home north of Akron. Over the years, Lynn added more farmland and remodeled a farm house south of Akron close to Mary Ann's parents where he gave up teaching and took a leap of faith to farm full time in 1975. He named the farming operation Chinook Ranch which is a combination of Schinkel and Shook. In April 1976, the family was complete when Jaime Susanne was born. Lynn raised his family and farmed for 35 years and retired from farming in 2009 when he and Mary Ann moved to Akron.
Lynn was very involved in the world around him. He served on the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission state board, Washington County Farm Bureau board, Colorado Farm Bureau state board, Washington County Republican Central Committee and First Baptist Church board.
Lynn and Mary Ann enjoyed their retirement traveling coast to coast and border to border. They enjoyed traveling to see relatives and friends across the United States, even traveling into Alaska, Canada and Mexico. They enjoyed traveling in their RV with a distant cousin Paul and Lois Shook and brother Dillon and Gwen Shook.
Lynn is preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Sylvia Shook and Mary Ann's parents Roy and Donna Schinkel. Those surviving are wife of 52 years, Mary Ann, daughter Jenifer and Russell Davis, Joshua, Jacob, Rachel and great granddaughter Scarlett of Topeka, Kansas, son Jason and Amy Shook, Roy, Benjamin, Valerie, Jonathan, and Wesley of Anton, son Jeremy and April Shook, Jared, Julia, Jillian, Janessa, and Josie of Akron, and daughter Jaime and Nick Stafford, Jordan, Isaiah, and Caitlyn of Akron. He is also survived by brothers, Dillon and Gwen of Sterling, Ron and Jan of Akron, David and Jean of Redondo Beach, CA and sister Ann and Bill Blomstrom of Yuma, CO and a host of family and friends.
A funeral service was held Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Akron. Interment followed at the Akron Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church of Akron or Akron Meet & Eat.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on May 18, 2016
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