2014-01-23 / Obituaries

Bob Shockley

Bob Shockley died Monday, Jan. 13 in Mariposa.

Bob was born on Oct. 25, 1934 as the third son to Crawford and Francis Shockley, and had a younger sister, Barbara and an older brother, Orem.

Bob moved west to Campbell, Calif. with his family and went to Campbell Grammer School and Campbell High School. While at Campbell High, Bob won an art contest with a statue named “Boy Fishing,” and that statue is now in the Smithsonian Museum.

After high school, Bob went to Los Angeles to study at the Chouinard Art Institute, and then studied at San Jose State University.

After graduating, Bob joined the United States Air Force, and he was eventually stationed in Europe. Bob was then went to Spain, where he designed the international Boy Scout headquarters in Rota, Spain. While in the Air Force, Bob married and had two daughters.

After his service in the Air Force, Bob worked for Lockheed in San Jose as an efficiency manager. After his first marriage ended, he moved to Los Angeles where he worked for Stillman Rubber as the safety and inspection manager.

Bob met Carol Schapansky in high school, and they dated for one year, when Bob asked Carol to marry him. Carol, who was 15 at the time, declined, saying she was too young. They were reunited 25 years later, and began dating and were finally married on Oct. 20, 1977.

Carol and Bob moved to Mariposa in 1985 and bought Meadow Creek Bed and Breakfast, which they renovate, restored and operated for 18 years. During that time, Bob helped start the Mariposa Bed and Breakfast Association, was asked to serve on the Mariposa Task Force, was an honorary lifetime member of the Mining and Mineral Musuem and was also a member of the Lodging Association for two years.

Bob was a member of the Mariposa Chamber of Commerce for 10 years, and he was also a member of the Merchants Association.

In 2003, Bob and Carol started Shockley Designs Un-Ltd. in Mariposa, selling antiques, furniture and designer gifts. Bob was always drawing and creating, working with Bud Chaillis, designing homes and working with Jerry Fisher designing motels.

He also created the first “Welcome to Mariposa” sign, he designed the drawings for the Ewing Wing Garden, and countless other drawings, renderings and artwork for many people, businesses, family and friends.

Bob regularly donated some of his artwork for charity, community and his church. He was a member of the Grace Community Church and Bob served there until he got sick.

Bob leaves behind his two daughters, Brenda Shockley and Debra Gleeson and her spouse, along with his wife Carol, and her three children, Byron Gravelle, Cindy Klindt and Michelle Gentry and their spouses. He also leaves behind 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Everyone is invited to celebrate Bob’s life on Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. at the Grace Community Church of the Sierra, 3367 Woodland Drive in Mariposa.

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Dearest Carol; Michael and I

Dearest Carol; Michael and I wish to express our deepest sympathy for the lost of your precious husband, Bob. The both of you were a great inspiration by starting our Bed & Breakfast 25 years ago. Surely, Bob is in the arms of the angels, in heaven now. Sincerely, Michael and Nancy Habermann

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