Robert E. “Bob” Shock Jr. passed away Friday, September 20th at Hospice of Defiance surrounded by his family after a brief illness. He was born November 8, 1935 to Robert E. Sr and Ocie (Steel) Shock in Defiance, Ohio. He married Beverly V. Eblin on 9/21/1957. She preceded him in death in 1989.
Bob and Bev had five children, Anita (Mark) Heilman, Robert (Julie) Shock III, Leann (Doug) Gerken, Beverly Jean (Joe) Hancock and Korene (Allen) Mansfield. He was blessed with 11 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant brother Gene and sister Mary Louise Lambert of Ney, Ohio. In 1991 Bob married Kathy Knight and she preceded him in death in 2010. Also surviving is special companion Joanne Bonnett of Defiance.
Bob served in the US Army. Just out of the army Bob worked as a shoe repairman. He then entered his life of service as a policeman and his career spanned 30 years with the City of Defiance Police department starting as a meter reader and retiring as Chief of Police in 1991.
Bob lived in Ohio, Texas and Wyoming in retirement years and enjoyed his hobbies of horsemanship, blacksmithing, silversmithing, jewelry making and photography. In the early 1980’s Bob became a pilot and shared that love of flying with Bev as she became a pilot too. Also, Bob was an auctioneer for many years and an accomplished ballroom dancer. One of the most meaningful things he did was portraying Santa Claus, bringing joy to many children and even more joy to himself.
His life long passion was supporting Auglaize Village where he was the blacksmith for many years. Bob was a life long member of the VFW, Fraternal Order of Police, Northwest Ohio Blacksmiths, and morning Liar’s Club at McDonalds north.
Memorials are suggested to Auglaize Village.
Visitation will be Tuesday September 24th from 2 to 8pm at Schaffer Funeral Home with services at the Defiance Church of the Brethren Wednesday, September 25th at 10am. Burial will follow at Sherman Cemetery with military honors accorded by VFW #3360. Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com
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