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Obituary for Ralph Douglas Shockey

Ralph Douglas Shockey, 99, of Winchester, Virginia, died on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Winchester Medical Center.

Mr. Shockey was born August 17, 1919 in Winchester, Virginia, the son of the late Howard and Bessie Shockey. He was a graduate of John Handley High School. After graduating high school, he joined his father and brother with Howard Shockey & Sons in 1937. Mr. Shockey served in the Army in the European Theater Operations in World War II. Upon returning from the war, Mr. Shockey married his late wife Eileen Tritsch Shockey on June 29, 1946 in Winchester, VA. For 82 years, he played a major role in the Shockey Companies through various ownership positions including President in 1969 and Chairman of the Board in 1983. Mr. Shockey served on several local boards during his lifetime, which he found very fulfilling and meant a great deal to him. He proudly served; Early member of the Board of Trustees serving as Vice President and Chairman of the Building Committee of Shenandoah University, President of Mount Hebron Cemetery Board of Managers since 1962 where he served as President from 1992 – 2004, at which time he became President Emeritus, Business Attraction Committee of the Winchester/Frederick County Economic Development Commission, and Board of Directors of Winchester/Frederick County Industrial Development Corporation and served on the Board of the Salvation Army. Mr. Shockey was the recipient of various awards, the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award in 1977 from Shenandoah University; as well as the Shenandoah University Award for Distinguished Service in 1996; the Honorary AGC Award of the Associated General Contractors of Virginia in 1981; the recipient of the 1997 Citizen of the Year Award by the Winchester-Frederick County Chamber of Commerce; and the recipient of the 2002 Distinguished Citizen Award by the Shenandoah Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America

Mr. Shockey was a faithful member of the Braddock Street United Methodist Church, and also a long-term member of the Elks Club.

Mr. Shockey is survived by a daughter, Melanie S. Kiracofe of Winchester, two grandchildren, Chelsea L. Kiracofe and Neil D. Kiracofe, both of Winchester. He is also survived by a nephew James D. Shockey, Jr. of Clarke County, a niece Ann White of North Carolina and a nephew Hal Shockey of Michigan. His wife Eileen Tritsch Shockey and son Clay Douglas Shockey preceded him in death, as well as his brother Howard, Jim, and sister, Helen.

Family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Jones Funeral Home. A service will be held on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 11:00 o’clock at Braddock Street United Methodist Church, with the Reverend Kirk Nave officiating. A private burial will follow the funeral service.

Honorary Pallbearers will be: Dr. Winston Lutz, Kenny Wilson, John P. Good, Jr., Bill Thomas, Wade Johnson and Chuck Pine.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the local chapter of the Salvation Army, 300 Fort Collier Road, Winchester, Virginia 22603.