MCKENZIE BRIDGE — Jack Shekell, a member of St. Benedict Lodge Church, died Feb. 18. He was 94.
Mr. Shekell was born Dec. 17, 1918 in Washington, D.C., to William and Alice Shekell. He graduated from Central High School and, later, from the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College, where he eventually served as assistant commandant. His four years active duty included action in the Philippines and New Guinea during World War II. He married Sue Evonuk in 1944 and, after his discharge from the Army, moved with her to Eugene, where he embarked on his 28-year career with IBM. The family eventually settled in Greenbrae, Calif., and following 33 years in the Army Reserve, he retired as a full colonel. After he retired from IBM in 1975, he and his wife moved to six acres on the McKenzie River at Vida, where he was a filbert farmer.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jeannie Hinkley. He is survived by his wife, Sue; sons Ken (Gini), Vida; Steve, Ashland; Dave, Vida; Marty (Loren), Everett, Wash.; daughter, Peggy Tims (Dana), Portland; and sister, Mary Jane Staub, Hanover, Penn.; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and 25 nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, March 18, at St. Benedict Lodge Church in McKenzie Bridge.