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R. Lee "Barney" ShockleyNovember 26, 1921 ~ November 23, 2017 (age 95)
Ronald Lee (Barney) Shockley was born Nov 26, 1921 in Turner, Montana, to parents Hughes E. and Myrtle Grace (Church) Shockley. He graduated from Turner High School, then moved to Great Falls in 1940 and graduated from Great Falls Commercial College. In July 1941, he was employed by Montana Bank and Trust Co until Oct,1942 when he served in the U S Army in World War 11 for three years in French North Africa. He rejoined Montana Bank in 1946.
In 1947, he married Grace Todd, who came to Great Falls from Harlowton. They enjoyed 54 years of marriage raising their two daughters. Grace passed away in 2002 after suffering with Alzheimer's disease.
Shockley is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington, and the American Institute of Banking. He has had numerous leadership roles in civic undertakings, serving as President of the Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Business Division of the Community Chest and United Way, a charter member of old AD Club, helping with that organizations annual C M Russell Art Auction beginning with its inception.
Shockley is a 60+ member of First United Methodist Church of Great Falls, Cascade Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Al Bedoo Shrine Temple, and a charter member and Treasurer of the Great Falls Shrine Bagpipe Band.
After retiring from First Interstate Bank in 1984, Lee joined SCORE in 1986, serving as
Chairman of Great Falls SCORE Chapter for two years, then was appointed Alternate District Representative and later the District Manager for SCORE in Montana for three years. He was also registered with the national SCORE office as an internet counselor, serving clients from many other states and countries.
Shockley was a dedicated golf duffer for over 50 years, but never had a hole in one, and enjoyed many fellow golfers over the years. Also, he enjoyed being a member of a senior exercise group at the Peak and always looked forward to participating with the friendly members. Another favorite highlight was meeting with retired Montana Bank people at occasional lunches and breakfasts.
Lee is survived by daughters, Bonnie (Curt) Nelson of Helena and Cindy (Dan) Kenczka of Great Falls; his grandchildren, Sheena Nelson of Portland OR, Todd Nelson of Antioch CA, Amie (Morgan) Chenoweth of Billings and Erica Kenczka of Great Falls; great-grandchildren, Logan and Enzo Nelson of Antioch; sister-in-law, Margaret Shockley of Great Falls; and numerous nieces & nephews.
Lee was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; his sister, Virginia Sorlie; and brothers, Hughes Jr, William & Roland Shockley.
Funeral services will be held on December 9th at 11 AM at First United Methodist Church in Great Falls.
The family suggests memorials to First United Methodist Church of Great Falls or the
Children's Transportation Fund of Great Falls Shrine Club P.O. Box 2361 Great Falls, MT. 59403