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John Shook, 74, of Houston, Mo., passed away on Dec. 13, 2017, at home with family after a long battle with cancer.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Debbie Shook of Houston, Mo.; his mother, Juanita Shook of Tulsa, Okla.; three children, John (Emily) Shook Jr. of Sedalia, Colo., Susie (Delbert) Gaddis of Liberty, Mo., and Mikel Shook; Makayla and Samantha Shook of Houston, Mo.; three grandchildren, Heather Jennings, Dan Gaddis and Jordan Shook; three great-grandchildren, Delaney, Calvin and Madison; three brothers, Jack, Steve and Roger Shook; and several nieces and nephews.

John was born Nov. 23, 1943, in Tulsa, Okla., where he spent most of his childhood. He was the son of Odell and Juanita Shook. In 1960, at the young age of 17, John joined the Navy. He served on the aircraft carrier The U.S.S. Enterprise’s first four world tours. During this time John’s son, John Jr., and daughter, Susie, were born with his first wife, Sue (now deceased).

After completing four years in the Navy, John became a lineman and journeyman electrician in Kansas City, Mo. In 1974, he moved to Liberty, Mo., and worked for MO Public Service and then for the Ford Motor Company. In 1979, John opened an electrical supply company called J&R Supply. He sold the business in 1982 and entered into semi-retirement at the age of 40 when he moved back to Tulsa, Okla.

John married Debbie on Feb. 5, 1988, and moved to Florida shortly after. Their son, Mikel, arrived in 1989. John, Debbie and Mikel moved to John’s final home in Houston, Mo., in 2000. John and Debbie’s two daughters, Makayla (7) and Samantha (6), joined the family in 2015.

John built many homes throughout his life, and he was also active in finance and owned a pawn shop with his wife, Debbie.

John loved to dance, guns/shooting, deep sea fishing, classic cars, motorcycles and any card game that had the potential to win money. He was a baptized member of Faith Fellowship in Houston, Mo.

A Celebration of his life was held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, at Evans Funeral Home with Pastor Bill Villapiano officiating. Cremation was under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

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