Howard Shock


Howard H. Shock, 90, of Defiance, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, at the CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center.

He was born on September 12, 1922, to Henry and Bertha (Rettig) Shock in Holgate, Ohio. He married Rita R. Hoeffel on July 4, 1948, and she preceded him in death on March 10, 2003. Howard was a member of St. John United Church of Christ.

Howard graduated from Jewell High School. He was a life member of VFW Post 3360, a founding member of the Jewell American Legion Post 635, and a member of AMVETS Post 1991. He proudly served in the United States Army from 1943-1945, during World War II, attaining the rank of technician fifth grade, serving the 76th Infantry Division, Reconnaissance Mechanized troops in the European Theater. Howard worked 30 years as head of maintenance for the Northeastern Local Schools and was a devoted Tinora Rams fan.

Howard is survived by his children, James (Kathleen) Shock of Bowling Green, Ohio, Gerald Shock of Wilmington, Ohio, John (Brenda) Shock of Defiance, Mary (Robert) Kuesel of Malinta, Ohio, and Joseph Shock of Spanway, Wash.; siblings, Ruth Shock of Defiance, Carl Shock of Pahrump, Nev., Lois Oberhaus of Defiance and Bernard Shock of Defiance; grandchildren, Nathan (Samantha) Shock and Matthew (Ashleigh) Shock, Jeffrey and Eric Sullivan, Courtney Shock and Nicholas Manion; stepgrandchildren, Sondra Miller, Sarah Miller and Andrea Wensink; great-grandchildren, Kaden and Kohen Shock, Kayleigh and Caden Erman; and five great-stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife, Rita R. Shock; brother, Harold Shock; and sisters, Ethel Panning and Mildred Shock.

Funeral services will be held Monday, December 10, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. John United Church of Christ with Rev. Robert Jencks officiating. Family will receive friends on Sunday, December 9, from 2-8 p.m. at the Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, and 10-11:30 a.m. at the church on Monday. Burial will be in Independence Cemetery, where military honors will be provided by VFW Post 3360.

Memorials are suggested to St. John United Church of Christ and/or the CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center. Online condolences can be given at

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