Paul K. Shockey, 89

JULY 30, 1923-SEPT. 18, 2012

September 18, 2012
  • Shockey

Paul Kenneth Shockey, 89, of 2684 St. Paul Road, Chambersburg, Pa., and formerly of Greencastle, Pa., died at 10:05 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at Quincy Retirement Home, Quincy, Pa.

Born July 30, 1923, in Ringgold, Md., he was the son of the late Harry B. and Ruth (Davis) Shockey.

Paul began his career in the apprentice program of Landis Tool Co., Waynesboro. After working at the Tool Co., he was employed at Fairchild in Hagerstown and then went to work at Grove Manufacturing of Shady Grove, Pa., in January 1959 as the company's first mechanical engineer. Then, Jan. 9, 1969, he and the late John L. Grove co-founded JLG Industries in McConnellsburg, Pa., where he worked until his retirement.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a tail gunner instructor. He was a 1941 graduate of Smithsburg High School and a 1947 graduate of Duke University in mechanical engineering.

He served on the Board of Directors of JLG and was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Greencastle, where he served on the church council. Paul was a member of the Friends of the Fulton County Library and a member of the McConnellsburg American Legion.

He and his wife, Anna E. (McDonald) Shockey were married Feb. 28, 1946.

Surviving family in addition to his wife of 66 years are two sons, Kenneth B. (wife, Bonnie) Shockey of Greencastle and James N. Shockey of Ringgold; two sisters, Jane (husband, George) Martin, resident of Luther Ridge, Chambersburg, and Etta Gearhart of Lancaster, Pa.; three granddaughters, Nikki Metzler, Jodi Plum and Anni Rhule; five great-grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.

Funeral services will be Friday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 130 N. Washington St., in Greencastle, with the Rev. Martin H. Horn officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Greencastle. The family will receive friends at Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, 45 S. Carlisle St., Greencastle, Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church one hour before the service Friday.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Lutheran Home Care and Hospice, 2700 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17202 or to Fulton County Library, 227 N. First St., McConnellsburg, PA 17233. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

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