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Kenneth G. Shockey


1926 - 2009 Obituary Condolences
Kenneth G. Shockey passed away peacefully in Alamogordo surrounded by his family on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009.
Ken was born on Aug. 13, 1926, in Oklahoma City, Okla. His early years were spent in Las Vegas and Stanley. He served in the Pacific Theater in the Navy during World War II. After leaving the military he attended college at New Mexico State University. He was a member of the New Mexico State Police from 1953-1980. He had various stations throughout this time, including serving as a driver and body guard for Gov. John Simms. His remaining seven years were spent as a lieutenant/district supervisor in Otero and Lincoln counties.
After retiring in 1980, Ken became chief of security for Ruidoso-Sunland Race Tracks. Ken had a natural love of horses and was a member of the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau.
He was a life member of the fraternal order of Elks and was exalted ruler of the Ruidoso Elks Lodge No. 2086 in 2005-06.
He married Eleanor McClendon on Nov. 11, 1978. He inherited two daughters at that time, Linda Mallett and Bonnie McClendon. He had a very loving relationship with them both. They always referred to Ken as their "Bonus Dad" and he was a great father figure for them. Ken projected an imposing exterior as an officer but to those who knew and loved him, he had a huge and kind heart. His sense of humor was legendary. He sometimes categorized himself a "diamond in the rough."
Ken is survived by his wife of 31 years, Eleanor; two daughters, Linda (Steve) Mallett, of Tempe, Ariz., and Bonnie (Craig) Bowden, of Chandler, Ariz.; grandchildren LaTisha Sopha (Russ), Kristy Stephens (Randy), Mandy Hank (Mike), Jordan Ray, Lindsay Bowden, Cadyn Bowden and Trenten Bowden; brother Jim and wife, Ouita, of Alamogordo; sister Aurelia and brother-in-law Ted, of Richmond, Va.; sister Beverly (Don-deceased) McElroy, of Moriarity; nephews Pete Shockey (deceased) and wife, Wanda, Jerry (Mary) Shockey, Jay (Maria) Shockey, James (Barbara) Sellman and Clarence (Sylvia) McElroy; nieces La Donna Plew (Wes), Denise Stabb (Mark) and Kelly Vejar (Gil); and cousins Bob Edwards, Bill (Cheryl) Foote and David (Nella) Foote.
Ken also had eight great-grandchildren, Colton, Cassity, Garrett, Carson, Kaitlyn, Pierce, Reagan and Hunter, and many great nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Ken's life will be held in January. There will be a newspaper notification prior.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Dec. 11 to Dec. 25, 2009
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