Stephen Lee Shimchock
1948 - 2020

Stephen Lee

November 14, 2020

Stephen Lee Shimchock, 71, of Roanoke, Virginia, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, November 14, 2020, following a brief illness.

Stephen was born to Hortense and Joseph Shimchock on December 20, 1948 and was a lifelong resident of Roanoke. He married Karen Shimchock (nee Barbour) on August 15, 1970 and graduated from Roanoke College in that year with a degree in Business Administration. Stephen spent his career expanding and managing the family business, Shimchock Label Service and was an antiquarian and collector of national repute.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Karen Shimchock; son, Matthew Shimchock; grandson, Stephen Bailey Shimchock; sister and brother-in-law, Marie and Ken Connor; mother-in-law, Margaret Pauline Barbour; niece, Katie Connor; nephew, Jason Dooley and family; family members, Sarah and Aerowyn Lacoma; many local friends; and his best pal, Rocky.

An in-person service is not planned due to pandemic concerns.

In lieu of food, flowers or gifts, the family is requesting donations to the Roanoke Valley SPCA in Stephen's honor. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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Published by Roanoke Times on Nov. 16, 2020.
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Funeral services provided by:
Oakey’s South Chapel - Roanoke
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Karen, we are so sorry to hear of Stephen´s death. He was a wonderful person, and every time I saw him he would give me a special hug. You and your family are in our prayers and thoughts.
Edwina & Byron Dickson
November 29, 2020
Stephen, Many, many years ago we used to play together at recess at St. Andrews. It seems the years were good to you. Rest in peace.
Tom Davis
November 21, 2020
Karen, we were so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that your Ski Club friends are thinking of you.
Kathy Vanness and Steve Cronemeyer
November 19, 2020
Dear Karen, please know my thoughts are with you at this most difficult time. I am so truly sorry for your loss. I remember playing bridge at your home and your pointing out special touches added by your husband. Sincerely, Marji Joyce
Marjorie W. Joyce
November 19, 2020
Karen, I am so sorry for your loss. You may not remember me, but Eleanor Leslie was your mother in law´s sister. I haven´t seen you in years, but I remember you well. I was married to James Arthur and I remember that you and your in laws were my first visitors after my son, James Neal, Jr. was born. I remember that you were such a lovely and gracious person and I know that Hortense adored you. My boys are 44 and 46 now. I have thought of you all over the years and it´s a shame that families become separated over the years. Again, I am praying that God will hold you in his arms during this sad and difficult time and give you strength to carry on. Much love, Kathy
Kathy Eyler Murray
November 18, 2020
Karen our heartfelt prayers are coming your way. We are so sorry to hear of your loss of your Husband. Hopefully you and your family can find peace in the wonderful memories you share.
Martha Good, Barry Mobley
November 17, 2020
We are so sad to learn of Steve´s passing. We remember with fondness many good times at football games and parties with all our families together. Our prayers are with you.
Dick & Mary Jane Pattisall
November 17, 2020
We will miss our dear friend and hope to support Karen during this difficult time.
Julie and john
November 17, 2020
Sending my deepest sympathy with a big of comfort during this difficult and heartbreaking Journey Karen
Phyllis Wertz
November 16, 2020
Karen & family I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family and you. Barbara Thurman
Barbara Thurman
November 16, 2020
Praying for God to bless you with peace, comfort and mercy, as you all cope with the loss of Steve. Many years I called him friend and I treasure those memories. John
John M & Georga Bracken
November 16, 2020
Karen and family, may God be with you and hold you up during these most difficult times, giving each of you all the fond, happy memories to remember of your husband, father, grandfather, son and sibling. My heartfelt prayers going up for all of you. Deepest sympathy.
Arlene Christenbury
November 16, 2020