Robert A. Shuck



Robert A. Shuck, 96, passed away on May 23, 2009, in Ashland, Ore. Dad was born Nov. 23, 1912, to Nellie (Shaw) Shuck and Edward Shuck in Geddes, S.D. He was of the "Greatest Generation" that established their values during the most challenging of economic days of our nation. Dad was an ordinary man with a strong work ethic, thrifty to a fault and with a high standard of right and wrong.

At the age of four he traveled with his family in a lumber wagon to western South Dakota. There he attended grade school in a one room school house. He went to high school in Belvedere, seven miles south of the farm. He graduated in 1932, delayed a year because he was needed on the farm.

He saw no future on the farm and went to the city, Mitchell, S.D., population 5,000, to seek his fortune. Jobs were scarce and he was unable to continue at the business school in which he had enrolled. He worked for a veterinarian, dipping sheep; at a Coca Cola bottling plant; a produce processor and a service station.

He met Mom at a hospital where she was in nurse training and he was visiting an injured cousin. They married May 23, 1937. During WWII, Dad worked for Boeing in Wichita, Kans. He did sheet metal work on the B-29 that Dad said: "won the war". After the war he and Mom returned to S. D., eventually residing in Sioux Falls. He worked at Fenn's Ice Cream and Candy Co., for 23 years, as shipping supervisor until they sold out.

After 42 years of marriage Dad and Mom divorced. Dad married Dorothea Roussel in 1980 and they spent their summers in Sioux Falls and winters in Texas. During this time they took tours with Dad's cousin, Lowell, as tour director. They traveled to Europe, the Caribbean, Panama and New England. They went to places "we never thought we would see." They later moved to a retirement home in Pierre, South Dakota where they enjoyed the communal living, making many friends and enjoying the activities.

When Dad was widowed he moved to Ashland to be closer to family and lived at the Mountain View retirement home. During a visit with his daughter in Ventura, Calif., he was reunited with Mom who had been living nearby since the death of her second husband. After 26 years of separation, they remarried in 2005 and spent three and a half happy years together. Many hours were spent sitting on the sofa playing music from the 30s and 40s and reminiscing over old times. Dad died on their 72nd anniversary.

Surviving are his wife, Gladys; daughter, Sharon Carlson of Ventura, Calif.; son, Robert D. Shuck of Ashland; stepson, James Roussel of Pierre, S. D.; and stepdaughter, Maxine Leslie of Volga, S. D.