Melvin V. Shockley

Melvin V. 
Shockley
Melvin Vernon Shockley was born on September 24, 1936 at his home in Climax Springs, Missouri.
He was the fifth and youngest child of Bessie Manilla and William Edward Shockley. He was delivered by “Aunt Ginny” the local midwife.  He lived in the holler and attended Climax Springs High School. He graduated at age 16 and was valedictorian of his class.  Upon graduation, he went to Kansas City to seek his fortune in the big city.  He worked at Case Company, Union Pacific Railroad and then ultimately chose a career as a letter carrier with the U. S. Postal Service in 1963 where he served the public until his retirement.
Melvin was an avid bird hunter and fisherman.  He loved his hunting trips with his brother-in-law Carl Wiseman. He helped his brother Marion “Pete” Shockley construct a small cabin at Lake of the Ozarks near his boyhood home. 
After marrying Phyllis Ross on Februay 4, 1982 they purchased a small cabin near his brother.  That lead to many years of weekend fishing trips and family vacations at the lake including the twice per year “guys” fishing trip with dad’s best friends, brother Pete, and son-in-law Ron.  Melvin said he loved the cabin and that it helped him get to know all 7 of his wonderful grandchildren. Boating, water skiing, fishing and hours of pulling the kids on the “SkiBob”  towable gave them all great memories of their fun loving Papa.  He often said some of his best memories were made at the lake.
Melvin was married to Harriet Wiseman of Climax Springs in July 1956. They were married for nearly 25 years and had two daughters: Verna Marie (Shockley) Price and Cheryl Lynn (Shockley) Millican.  In 1982 he married Phyllis Jean Ross. Phyllis brought two daughters to the family: Sherri (Ross) Kuhn and Susan (Ross) Rebholz. Melvin and Phyllis loved to tell people they had 4 daughters and would rattle off names and ages to watch the look on people’s faces as the girls were each just one year apart in age.  Then they would laugh not offer any explanation as Melvin never believed in “step” children.  He loved all his girls.  Being a father was one of his favorite things along with great pride in his 7 grandchildren and 14 great grandkids. Family brought Melvin great joy.
In their early years Melvin loved to drive so he and Phyllis took numerous cross county road trips. They were often joined by his sister Martha and her husband Clint Erickson. In later years they enjoyed bowling with friends on the league and gardening. Melvin could be seen on his riding mower making sure he had the best lawn in the neighborhood.  Melvin passed away March 15, 2021 at his home in South Kansas City, Missouri.
During this past year of the Covid-19 pandemic and his failing health, he received constant loving care from his wife Phyllis. Daughters Susan and Sherri and Son-in-law John lived nearby and provided the daily support he needed to allow him to remain in his home.  Verna and Cheryl both live near their Dad’s childhood home at the Lake of the Ozarks and visited frequently. Our collective hearts are broken. Never has there been a more joyous and supportive Husband, Father figure, Daddy, Pop-o, Papa, friend, or neighbor. He will be missed by so many people.
Melvin is survived by his wife Phyllis Jean Shockley, sister Mille Stewart, Daughters Verna Price and son-in-law Ronald, Cheryl Millican, Sherri Kuhn, Susan Rebholz and son-in-law John. Grandchildren: Chris McLaughlin, Heidi Lanksbury, Sarah Lindgren, Rebecca Hansen, Amanda King, Laura Points, and Alex Kuhn.
Great Grandchildren: Dylan McLaughlin, Abigail Price-Schaper, Kendra and Austin Lanksbury, Hannah and Charlotte Lindgren, Natalie, Samuel, Madelyn, and Fiona Hansen, Remi King, Wyatt Points, Asher and Elliott Kuhn.
Preceded in death by his parents William and Bessie Shockley, Sister Mary Virginia Shockley, Brother Marion “Pete” Shockley, Sister Martha Erickson.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Reser Funeral Home, Warsaw, Missouri.  Private Graveside Services will be held at the Grainger Cemetery in Climax Springs, Missouri.

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