James Monroe Shockley – formerly of Benton, IL

James Monroe Shockley was born August 5th, 1935, in Benton, IL and entered eternal rest on December 31st, 2021, in Oklahoma City, OK surround by his family.

He was enlisted in the United States Army where he served with the Wolfhound regiment and spent time in Korea during the Korean War. Upon returning to the U.S., he attended the University of Southern Illinois where he obtained an electronics engineering degree and went to work for the Federal Aviation Administration where he would retire some forty years later.

Jim married Marie Moore on November 26th, 1958 in the Shockley Family home in Benton, Illinois. They relocated on FAA orders to Cold Bay, Alaska in 1968. In 1972 they moved to Anchorage and spent thirty years making it their home.

Jim enjoyed road tripping, which often included riding Amtrak, with his wife across the United States, visiting family scattered across the U.S., and spending the summers back in Alaska after retirement.

James is survived by his children Janita (Garth) Griffith, Dwight (Leah) Shockley; Grandsons Collin and Mitchell Shockley and sister Patsy (Gene) Davis. James was preceded in death by the love of his life Frances Rose and parents Rev. Alva Monroe and Dolly Mae (Cluck) Shockley; two brothers Jack and Bob, half-brother Junior and sister Doris Evans.

Services have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Pate Funeral Home with burial to follow at Masonic and Oddfellows Cemetery, Benton, IL., with military rites performed by the Benton American Legion Post 280, VFW Post 2671 and the National Honor Guard.

Condolences may be expressed at www.patefh.com

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