James Creighton Shook(1931 - 2018)

James Creighton Shook

West Lafayette - James Creighton Shook, 87, of Lafayette, passed away Friday, November 16, 2018, at home with his family. He was born on May 19, 1931, to Charles Wheeler Shook and Jane Creighton Peffer Shook.

Jim graduated from West Lafayette HS, and Indiana University ('52). At IU, he was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. He joined the US Airforce in 1952, serving in Germany at Frankfort Rhine-Mein AFB as a lieutenant assisting with post-war restoration. After the service, Jim joined his father and brother, Wesley, in their family business, is, The Shook Agency in Lafayette in 1954.

He married Mary Kathryn (Mickey) Weil April 12, 1958. Mickey was from Grand Rapids, MI, daughter of Louis A. Weil and Kathryn Ann Halligan Weil. Jim and Mickey had four children Jim, Jr (Indianapolis), Katie Shook Bates (Chapin, New York, NY), Steve (Rachel, W. Lafayette) and Sara Shook Sullivan (Steve, Chicago, IL).

Upon Mickey's death in 1987, Jim and Jan Warren Eggleston (Tom-Kathy, Indianapolis; Neil, Washington D.C.; Sarah, Green Bay, WI) were married for 20 years until Jan's passing.

Jim married Ruthie Adams Graham Shook (Adam-Lindsay, Denver, CO; Zach, Chicago, IL; and Hillary-Dean, San Francisco, CA) on September 5, 2010. Ruthie and Jim's brother, C. Wesley Shook, survive.

In addition to his four children, Jim is survived by twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild: Creighton (Lindsey) Shook, Indianapolis; Stephanie Shook, Indianapolis; Natalie Shook, Indianapolis; Allie Grace Shook, Indianapolis; Mary Kate Miranowski (Dave), NYC; Hallie Bates, NYC; Will Bates, Colorado Springs, CO; Lydia Shook, Lawrence, KS; Harry Shook, W. Lafayette; Frances Shook, W. Lafayette; Grace Sullivan, Lawrence, KS; Jane Sullivan, Chicago, IL; Margaret Sullivan, Chicago, IL.

Greater Lafayette, Indiana, and Tippecanoe County had no bigger fan than Jim Shook. He was involved in every conceivable organization supporting the growth, development and advancement of the community. He left a leader's mark on many an organization such as Railroad Relocation, Greater Lafayette Progress, United Way, to name a few. For his efforts over the years, he was recognized as a Sagamore of the Wabash, Marquis de Lafayette and a Good Scout (BSA).

Jim took great pride in bringing employment and economic activity to Lafayette and to the state of Indiana. Jim's early work in real estate brokerage included site acquisition for National Homes Corporation which led to important roles in site assembly and placement for Caterpillar, Subaru, Wabash National and Tate and Lyle.

Jim served on several corporate boards including Lafayette National Bank, Lafayette Life Insurance Company, National Homes Corporation, Indiana National Bank, NBD/Bank One Advisory Committee, Crossman Communities, Indiana Gas (Vectren) and the TP&W Railroad.

Jim also served the community and the state in many capacities including the Indiana Real Estate Commission, Lafayette Home Hospital, State Chamber of Commerce Exec Committee, Greater Lafayette Community Foundation, Lafayette Museum of Art, Lafayette Union Railway and the Advisory Board of the Krannert School of Management.

He was an avid reader, enjoyed golf, his home on Glen Lake and from childhood developed a love for the automobile, several of which he collected and restored later in life. But, it was his time spent as a mentor, adviser, husband, parent, grandparent and great grandparent that was of most importance to Jim.

For all, there will be a memorial service and celebration for Jim from 4pm to 7pm, Friday, November 23, 2018 at the Lafayette Country Club with remarks to begin at 5:15pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Lafayette Community Foundation, 300 Main Street, Lafayette, IN 47901. You may sign the guest book and leave memories at www.soller-baker.com.


Funeral Home

Soller-Baker Funeral Homes & Crematory
400 Twyckenham Blvd. Lafayette, IN 47909-7113
(765) 474-1111

Published in the Journal & Courier on Nov. 18, 2018