Kenneth J. Shock, 88
Fri, 04/26/2019 - 3:40pm admin
May 12, 1930 —
April 1, 2019
FORMERLY ELMA - Kenneth J. Shock passed away on April 1, 2019 at Colorado Springs, Colo.
Graveside services were held on April 12, 2019 at Air Force Academy Cemetery in Colorado Springs.
Kenneth was born in Elma, Iowa on May 12, 1930, the son of Joseph and Barbara (Kubicek) Shock. He grew up on a farm near Lourdes, Iowa and attended Cresco High School from 1945-1949. There were no school buses at the time, so he first lived with his aunt and uncle, then he lived in a boarding home and worked at the local theatre for the last three years of high school.
He then attended the Woodard School of Photography in Memphis, Tenn. After graduating, he co-owned a portrait studio in Cresco, Iowa. After the Korean War started, he enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1951 and served until retirement in 1974.
Following his military service, he enrolled in El Paso Community College and earned an Associate Degree in Restaurant and Food Management. In 1975 he married Katharina G. Trifaro and together they owned and operated two variety sub shops in Colorado Springs until 1982. He was semi-retired until 1995 but was not truly retired at the time of his passing.
He is survived by children, David Shock of Marietta, Ohio and Debra (Leone) Ferrin of Waupaca, Wis.; five grandchildren; sister, Rita Tegland of Moose Lake, Minn.; and stepdaughters, Linda White Trifaro of Alpine, Ariz. and Sharon Norris of Longmont, Colo.