Grove and JLG veteran Paul Shockey passed away last week at the age of 89.
Paul Kenneth Shockey was a native of Maryland and started his career at Landis Tool in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, later moving to Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown, Maryland. In 1959 he joined the Grove brothers at Grove manufacturing as the company’s first professional engineer. He later headed up the company’s service operation.
In 1969 Shockey took a huge risk, taking a 50 percent pay cut and selling his house in order to invest in a new venture with John Grove and Ben Stevens to buy the small engineering business, Fulton Industries, that the three would build into JLG.
Shockey remained a director of JLG until he retired in 1995. He died on Tuesday, September 18th at the Quincy Retirement Home near Greencastle.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Anna, two sons, Kenneth and James, two sisters, three granddaughters, five great grandsons and one great-granddaughter.
The funeral service was held on Friday, September 21st. Memorial contributions may be given in his memory to the Lutheran Home Care and Hospice, 2700 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17202 or to the Fulton County Library, 227 North First St., McConnellsburg, PA 17233.