The Obit For Bernie Shocklee

Bernard H. Shocklee

Published in Akron Beacon Journal on April 22, 2011

Bernard H. Shocklee joined Mom (Maze ``Emmy' Eustice) in heaven on April 19, 2011. He almost made it full circle to his birth date of April 22 (1924).

Born in St. Louis, Missouri to James Bernard and Agnes Hughes, Bernie served in the U.S. Navy as a Corpsman. He played minor league baseball for the Zainesville Dodgers, where he met Emmy. They were married on November 30, 1946. He graduated from St. Louis University with a degree in chiropractic. He delivered mail and started his chiropractic practice until he was severely injured in an automobile accident.

After a full recovery in 1955, he moved himself and the family to Akron, Ohio and worked for Goodyear Aerospace, first in the engineering department and eventually as a human resources manager. Bernie and Emmy retired to Golden, Colorado in 1995.

They had seven children, Bernard H. (Dolly) Shocklee, Joseph R. (Lesa) Shocklee, Thomas D. (Gloria) Shocklee, Michael J. (Linda) Shocklee, Mary Shocklee Wesson, Matthew E. (Terri) Shocklee, and John C. Shocklee; 15 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

While raising their seven children, Bernie managed to hold two full time jobs, attend all the kids' sporting and school events, and played softball, squash and racquetball. He had an amazing singing voice and while serving was a member of the U.S. Navy Choir. He played the accordion and entertained Emmy and the kids on a regular basis. Bernie was the icon of the Shocklee clan and made an impact on everyone he met.

Bernie was the oldest of nine children, preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Ray (Pat) and Chris (Marilyn), and sisters, Joanne (Jimmy Leontsinis), and Mary (Bob Klein). He is survived by sisters, Doe (Roy Klein), Martha (Jack Dueker), brother, Dan (Marilyn), and baby sister, Sheila (Jack Sorrentino).

Service will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 969 Ulysses Street, Golden, Colorado 80401, on Monday, April 25, 2011; viewing at 9 a.m., Rosary at 9:45 a.m., and Mass at 10:15 a.m. Military burial immediately following the Mass. Lunch will be served at the VFW Post 4171, 15625 W. 10th Avenue, Golden, Colorado at 1 p.m.