Ernest Dale "Ernie" Shock
1934 - 2019
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Ernest "Ernie" Dale Shock, born November 26, 1934 in Allison, Colorado, died December 21, 2019 in Durango at the age of 85. He died peacefully in his sleep.

Ernie moved to Durango when he was young. Even though Ernie was an only child he grew up having fun with many cousins and made many lifelong friends. He paid for flying lessons in high school with the money he earned from many jobs, including delivering the Durango Herald, working as a bellhop at the Strater, and delivering telegrams. Ernie graduated from Durango High School in 1952 and went to Fort Lewis College and Colorado A&M before joining the Navy in 1956 where he followed his passion for flying as a pilot. He married Ruth Billings, also of Durango, in 1957 and was then stationed in Hawaii. Nancy was born while they lived in Hawaii. Ernie and Ruth would go on to be stationed in Virginia, Canada, and Rhode Island, adding Diane and Robert to their growing family. In 1967 Ernie decided to spend more time with his family and went back to school to study Industrial Arts at CSU. In 1969, he started his first teaching job in Silverton. In 1972, he and Ruthie moved their family back to Durango where he became the industrial art's teacher at Miller Jr. High School. Soon Emily was added to the family. Ernie and his kids built the family home in the Animas Valley in 1973. Ernie continued teaching until 1988, when his multiple sclerosis forced him to retire. Ernie enjoyed retirement visiting his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and being an active member of both the Animas Valley Grange and the First United Methodist church.

Ernie was preceded in death by his father, Robert, and his mother Ethel. He is survived by his beloved wife Ruth, his four children: Nancy, Diane Doney (Mark), Bob (Christine), Emily Flores (Patrick); six grandchildren: Samantha, Danielle, Keric, Cady, Sydney and Lucy and four great-grandchildren: Alexa, Arianna, Ruthie, and Maggie.

A funeral service will be held Saturday December 28, 2019 at The First United Methodist Church of Durango at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Ernest "Ernie" Dale Shock

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Published in Pine River Times on Dec. 23, 2019.
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December 28, 2019
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December 27, 2019
May our Lord bless and keep you, sending my deepest condolence at this time of sorrow. I love you both so much and have enjoyed sharing our family history with you both.

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Betty Loffer
December 27, 2019
Praying for the Lords blessings to be with you all. My kids loved having Ernie as a teacher! All the Jack's send their love and condolences Ruthie. Family forever...
Patti Jack
December 27, 2019
I had the pleasure of being one of Mr.Shocks many students.
Mr.Shock's no nonsense skillful teaching inspired a multitude of students and many went on to be skilled craftsmen and contractors.
Life long lessons were learned by everyone who had the

My sincere condolences to the family and thank you all for sharing him with those of us fortunate enough to have taken his class.

John McCarthy
December 27, 2019
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Ladale Rein
December 26, 2019
I have known Ernie since 5th grade when we attended Central grade school together. We
used to sled on the hill behind Central and
fourteenth street. We rode our bikes to Ignacio
when it was 20 miles of gravel road from
Farmington Hill. After graduation Ernie joined
the Navy and went to college. We reconnected
after Ernie retired from the Navy, when he
was attending CSU to become a teacher. While
teaching in Silverton, Ernie had a group of
students that he brought to Denver to an
Industrial Arts Show. He asked me If me if I could set up a tour of the United Airlines
Flight Training Center. I did and after the tour, Ernie asked his students what had impressed them most and they said the electric
I appreciate the work you did organizing the
class reunions.
Ernie, I will miss our phone conversations and
visits. Your friend, Tom Moore
Tom Moore
December 26, 2019
I have known Ernie since we were in third grade at Central grade
school. I remember when we used to sled on the hill behind the school. I remember when we got the wild hair to ride our bikes to Ignacio. At that time our bicycles were
single speed and there was 20 miles of gravel road after Farmington Hill. After graduation from
high school, Ernie joined the Navy and I
went to college.
When I came back to Colorado, I reconnected with Ernie when he was going to CSU to become a teacher. After graduating he went to Silverton to teach Industrial Arts. He gave me a call about bringing students to Denver for an industrial Arts
Show. I set up a tour
for his group to go
through the United Flight Training Center.
After the tour, Ernie asked the group which part they liked the best and their reply was the electric eye doors. I really appreciate Ernie making arrangements
for our class reunions.
Ernie, I miss you and treasure these past years. Your Friend, Tom Moore
December 26, 2019
Tom Moore
December 26, 2019
Dear Ruthie
I will always remember his smile. I am sure your devotion and efforts in his care kept him going. I always admired both of you so very much.
I am saddened to read about Your dear husband Ernies passing .
My sincere condolences to you and your family.
December 25, 2019
Kay and I send our deepest sympathy to Ruthie and family on Ernie's passing. Ernie and I shared the experience of being Naval Aviators and could visit each other with that base of commonality.
Don Baker
Donald Baker
December 25, 2019
Ernie Shock will be deeply missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him. He left a lasting imprint on my heart. Ernie and his wife Ruth are among the greatest blessings ever bestowed on me. Thank you for everything, Ernie. Rest in peace. I love you with all my heart.
Jason Michaud
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