Richard F. Shook, 88, of Sandusky and formerly Toledo and Huron, died Tuesday evening, July 29, 2008, while under the care of Stein Hospice.
He was born June 26, 1920, in Toledo, the son of Alfred and Audra (Woodruff) Shook. He was a 1938 graduate of Waite High School, and served our country in the U.S. Army during World War II as a first lieutenant.
Richard retired from Western & Southern Life Insurance Co. in 1983 after 25 years employment. He was a member of Toledo Compass Club and Kahle Senior Center. He enjoyed playing cards, taking walks and spending time with others.
His daughter, Nancy (Daniel) Brown of Huron; son, David (Diana) Shook of New Harbor, Maine; grandchildren, Thomas Brown, Daniel Brown Jr., Michael (Tony) Brown, Jeffrey Shook, John Shook, Sherri Biggs, Michael Biggs, Cindi Tokash and Susan Biggs; eight great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; sister, Sue Rochowiak of Toledo; brothers, Paul (Betty) Shook of Toledo and Bob (Doris) Shook of Michigan; and several nieces and nephews survive him.
His wife, Florence H. (Bickelhaupt), who he married Dec. 14, 1941, and died May 28, 2004; his parents; sister, Bertha York; and brother, Edward Shook, preceded him in death.
A private graveside service will be in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park, Toledo. A memorial luncheon will take place from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Tern Room at Maumee Bay State Park Lodge. Groff Funeral Home, Sandusky, is handling arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service, Inc., or to one's favorite charity. Condolences may be shared at grofffuneralhomes.com.
'You came into this world an innocent of humble means. You lived your life with strength of character, honesty and wit. You were the "big brother" for your sisters and brothers and the faithful son to your parents. Your love of life and family made you such a special person.
You have left behind memories of a hard fought struggle to stay ahead of all the health issues you dealt with, all with dignity. You were a role model to all. To all who knew you for years and those who only met you, you were exceptional. So often the term "gentleman" and "so nice" were the words they used to describe you.
We thank God for your existence and we will miss you terribly.
Your loving family.'