Mr. Oren Lavern Shockley, 68, of Lebanon, passed away Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at his residence in Lebanon.
Lavern was born July 7, 1945, in Lebanon, a son of Emeral Raymond and Ruby Gertrude (Clossin) Shockley.
Raised and educated in Boone County, Lavern graduated valedictorian of his 1963 Dover High School class. A talented basketball player, he was the team’s MVP during his sophomore, junior and senior years. Following high school, Lavern attended Indiana State University.
On July 6, 1991, he married Melissa Stapleton. The couple had two sons and divorced in 1999, but remained close friends.
Lavern worked as the store manager for Boone Hardware and Gifts in Lebanon from 1965 to May of 1993, when the store closed. He then began working at Kramer Lumber in Lebanon, where he was a department manager until his retirement on Aug. 25, 2012.
He was a devoted father and enjoyed attending his sons’ activities. He participated in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts with his sons for several years, and supported them in their efforts to become Eagle Scouts in 2012 with Troop 359 in Lebanon. In his free time Lavern liked to fish, bowl, do woodwork and garden. His passion for basketball continued throughout his life as he enjoyed watching and rooting for Indiana University.
Lavern was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Lebanon.
Survivors include his former wife, Melissa Fischer of Lebanon; two sons, Dustin A. Shockley and Brett C. Shockley, both of Lebanon; brothers, Donald Shockley of Okeechobee, Fla., and Larry (Linda) Shockley of Brownsburg; sisters, Lois (Ron) Kramer of Greenfield and Mrs. Evelyn (Bill) Meyn of Akron, Ohio; sisters-in-law, Joyce Shockley and Pat Shockley, both of Lebanon; and several nieces and nephews.
Lavern was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Carl Shockley and Keith L. Shockley; a nephew, Terry G. Shockley; and a niece, Beth (Shockley) Chambers.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Myers Mortuary, 1502 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Myers Chapel of Memories, with the Rev. Jim Ramsey officiating. A private family interment will be held at a later date at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon.
Memorial contributions may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, 910 Fordice Road, Lebanon 46052.
Online condolences may be made at www.myersmortuary.com.