HERMISTON Giles Michael Shockman died Monday, Feb. 5, of natural causes, at his home at Sun Terrace Assisted Living Facility in Hermiston at the age of 89.
He was born on May 29, 1917 at Glen, N.D., the second of 13 children to Joseph and Eva Marie (Lutgen) Shockman.
He was raised on the family farm in North Dakota and moved to The Dalles in the 1930s. While in The Dalles he worked for the railroad. Then his father started the Shockman and Sons Construction Co., that later became Shockman Brothers Construction Company. Mr. Shockman ran the company with brothers Don and Leon. In 1941, they moved to Hermiston to build a portion of the Umatilla Army Depot. In 1951 he married, Ruby Cherry in Pendleton. Giles was an avid sports fan his entire life, known to many to be able to read the sports page in the paper, listen to a game on the radio, watch a game on television and answer any sports trivia question at the same time. He was a high school state champion in the high jump. He played baseball and was drafted and played first base for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball farm team. He was also a referee for basketball and refereed for the Harlem Globe Trotters and the Women's All American Red Heads.
Most recently he donated time and construction of what is now known as Shockman Field baseball complex east of Hermiston. During Giles' college years he was a member of the first class of Montana Smoke Jumpers. In 1993, along with his two brothers, Don and Leon, Hermiston honored him as Man of the Year.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Ruby, in 2000; son, Ray Wilkie; sisters, Dorothy Tolan and Lorene Monkus; brothers, Roger, Wes, Art, and Earl Shockman.
He is survived by daughters, Vicki Collins of Medford, and Linda Turner of Hermiston; brothers, Red, Leon, Don, and Butch Shockman all of Hermiston; sisters, Helen Hastings of Stanfield, and Josie Barbouletos of Camas, Wash.; seven grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Graveside Inurement of Cremains Service was held on Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Hermiston Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vange John Memorial Hospice, 1050 W. Elm Ave. Suite 220, Hermiston, 97838.
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of the arrangements.