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.