Funeral services for Vencil Lee Shockley, 87, Lawrence, will be at 10 am Monday at Eudora Assembly of God Church, with the Rev. Glenn Weld officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. Mr. Shockley died Friday, Apr. 18, 2014, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
He was born July 5, 1926, in Stark City, Mo., the son of Aud O. and Mary Jane Fielding Shockley. He came to Lawrence in 1951, and began working as a carpenter in the construction industry. He has been a member of Eudora Assembly of God since 1954, and was active in tractor pulling at the McLouth and Meriden threshing bees. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking, and was known as ‘Mr. Fix-It’ who loved to help others with repairs and tasks which often seemed impossible. He enjoyed spending time with his family.
He married Wilma Ruth McCracken on June 14, 1947, in Columbus, Kan. She preceded him in death in 1990. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and Harlan, and four sisters, Sarah, Lois, Lorene, and Marie. Survivors include a son, Danny Shockley and wife Becky, Eudora; four daughters, Virginia Armer and husband Aubrey, Topeka, Carolyn Drake and husband Steve, Lawrence, Hazel Bahnmaier and husband Mark, Lawrence, and Kathy Haun and husband Eldon, Richland, Mo.; three brothers, Everett Shockley and wife Kathy, Rogers, Ark., Donald Shockley and wife LaWanda, Powell, Mo., and Dean Shockley and wife Linda, Rogers, Ark.; three sisters, Thelma Trueblood, Wichita, Rena Mae Stephens, Tulsa, Okla., and Jean Roller and husband Merle, Muskogee, Okla.; thirteen grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.
Friends may call from noon to 8 pm Sunday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will receive them from 3-5 pm. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Eudora Assembly of God or the American Cancer Society, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.
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To the family of Vencil …
I have only known Vencil a couple of years but it was very clear to me how great a man he really was. I can only say that I wish I’d of known him longer!! What a truly blessed life and what a wonderful person. I will always remember Vencil. Praying for you all!! My prayers and thoughts are with you.
Dear Family, I am so very sorry to hear Vencil has passed away. He was a very special person and always had a big smile when he came to my office. It was an honor to know him and through our many conversations found we also knew each other back in the day from tractor pulling. Vencil it was an honor helping with your care. I will miss you dear friend! RIP Vencil like Pencil!
Dear Danny and family, So very sorry for your loss.
So sorry for your loss. It is a loss for me as well. He was like a father to me and my brothers and sisters. He will be missed but we know he lived a great life and is loved by many. Praying for the family. We know that he is in heaven smiling because he is with his beautiful Wilma once again. God bless each and every one of you. Love you like family. Renee Howard Candies and Earlene, Alonda, Steve, and Pierre.
No words can express our sorrow during this time of loss with Uncle Vencil. He was not only a great Godly example and legacy for his own lil family, but he was the Shockley Godfather. Everyone went to Uncle Vencil for advice, watched his wisdom and ways for the right ways to do things. He has left a testimony for many generations to follow. We get excited when we think of that moment when he walks through those Heaven Gates and embraces Jesus and all those loved ones gone before, as there is going to be one great reunion day! And, some day in God’s appointed time, we will all join that number! It will be truly be a glad reunion day! [Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.] [hugs to all my family as they walk through this time of grieving-Peace]
Sorry to hear about your dad. He was a good man. Our condolences to all of his family.
So sorry for your loss ,when I met Vencil at Logan’s birthday party He was so nice he will be missed by all.God bless your family’s in this difficult time.
Danny and Beckey, We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.Love you guys.
Real sorry for your loss.We didn’t know your dad but through writing and talking he was a one of a kind! What a wonderful blessing you had .Healing will start ,memories you have and he will live on with in your heart. Thoughts and prayers,
Dear Shockley family,
Vencil epitomized the good neighbor for us many years. I can’t count how many times he rescued us. He always had a smile on his face and a willing handshake. His pride and joy, though, was his family. And he leaves you to carry forward his good name and deeds. He will long be missed. We share your loss.
Bob, Patsy, Tristan and Sterling Moody
Dear Danny and family. I was saddened when I read about Vince in the morning paper. Although I never really got to know you, I did get to know your dad at the tractor pulls. He was a delightful man, and I for one will miss seeing him. Many was the time we would pass away the long hot July tractor pulls, under the shade trees visiting. I loved to listen to his stories. God bless you and your family.
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