TRAVERSE CITY — John W. Shockley, 85, of Elk Rapids, died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009. He was born on Feb. 25, 1924, in Menominee, the son of William and Emma Komp Shockley.
John served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II.
After graduating from the University of Michigan with a MBA degree, he was married to Barry Lees Stuart in December of 1948.
He worked in sales for the American Can Company in Cincinnati before moving to Grand Rapids and joining the John Widdicomb Furniture Company in 1952. John retired in 1974, and he and Barry moved to Elk Rapids.
John became very active in the Elk Rapids community chairing the Elk Rapids Zoning Board of Appeals for over 15 years, as well as serving as the Preserve Steward for the Palmer, Wilcox and Shah Land Preserve.
An avid sailor, John loved cruising the Great Lakes. He was a master craftsman and enjoyed woodworking and repairing antique furniture. Along with Barry, he volunteered at the Dennos Museum, where he built displays.
John is survived by his daughter, Katherine; his son, Stuart; his grandsons, Michael and David Kantor; and son-in-law, Robert Kantor.
John was preceded in death by his wife, Barry; daughter, Cynthia; and son, Stephen.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Oct. 16, at the Pavilion in the Elk Rapids Marina.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Michigan, 900 E. Front St., Suite 150, Traverse City, MI 49686.
Arrangements are by Life Story Funeral Home; www.lifestorynet.com.
This obituary was originally published in the Record-Eagle.