COLORADO CITY, Colo.óGary Woodrow Schockey, 77, passed away Feb. 9, 2014, peacefully surrounded by his family.
He was born Sept. 7, 1936, in Independence, Kan., to Charles and Ruby (Gordon) Schockey, who are both deceased. He married the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Shirley Ann Hart, on Oct. 8, 1956, in Monte Vista.
Gary was a longtime resident of Monte Vista. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served eight years for his country. He was self employed and served as a city council member for eight years and also served a term as Mayor of Monte Vista. After retirement, he and his wife bought an RV and traveled the highways. In 2006, they settled in Colorado City. He enjoyed telling a good story and never met a stranger.
He is survived by two daughters, Lori (Rod) Schockey Kehler, of Rio Hondo, Texas; Sheri (Todd) Schockey Lasher, of Pueblo West, Colo.; grandchildren Samantha Taylor, Billy Jay Taylor, Ashley Taylor, Haylee Lasher, Jared Lasher; brother Larry (Peggy) Schockey, of Monte Vista; two sisters Cheryl Lewis and Glenda Watkins, of Colorado Springs. Gary was preceded in death by his son Thomas (Tommy) Kevin Schockey; brother Gordon Dale Schockey; four sisters Eva Dell Caudill, Audrey Pat Head, Donna Jo Scmohl and Ruby Kay Thomas.
Gary will be missed dearly. A celebration of his life was held Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at the Valley Community Church, 4253 Mercantile Street in Colorado City. Online condolences can be sent to www.MontgomerySteward.com.