We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Ingram, Smith & Turner Mortuary
Lonnie Don Shockley, 89, was born on November 16, 1932 in Apache, OK, to Joy and Bessie (Hollenbeck) Shockley. He was one of 10 children. He rode the trail to Heaven to be with his Lord and Savior on September 20, 2022. On December 10, 1955, he married the love of his life, Olean Lemley, in Oklahoma City, OK. He served in the US Army in Fort Knox, KY, and later in Germany. They have one daughter, Lona Kay, born in 1965.
Lonnie held jobs as a ranch hand and an equipment operator, eventually working for the City of Oklahoma City, Parks & Rec Department as a field supervisor, retiring from The City after 39 years in 1995.
Lonnie always had a love of horses and mules. He ran a horse-drawn carriage business that began in the 1970's and continued well into his retirement . He provided the carriages and horses in parades, weddings, and many events at both the Lazy E Arena and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Center. He worked over 30 years for the State Fair of Oklahoma. Most notably he drove the stagecoach that took many country music and western celebrities into the Rodeo Concerts for many years; he also served as Superintendent of Horse Shows; and coordinated the horse and carriage groups in the daily parade at the Fair. He was a member and officer in the Oklahoma Draft Horse Association.
In rodeo, he competed in bull riding, calf roping and team roping. He also completed in horse shows. All with much success. He was a member and officer of the Oklahoma City Round Up Club. He served as drill master and coach of the Sooner Saddle Club All Girl Drill Team who performed at rodeos and parades all over the State of Oklahoma.
He was responsible for prepping the ground for the National Finals Rodeo all 20 years that the event was held in Oklahoma City. He also enjoyed traveling and supporting Lona Kay competing in barrel racing, roping, and queen contest events, regionally and nationally.
In retirement, he returned to farming hay and corn crops as well as grazing cattle, primarily in the Mustang, OK area with his brother Kenneth. He and Olean also participated in week-long vacations traveling by horse-drawn wagon around Oklahoma in a wagon train club.
Lonnie is preceded in death by his parents, Joy and Bessie; brothers Otis, Kenneth and Bill; and sisters Dorothy, Norma (Ellet) and Mary Lou.
He is survived by his wife, Olean of the home; daughter Lona Kay Spears and husband Jeff of Mustang; Grandson Kelley Smith of Oklahoma City; Grandson Cody Smith and wife Megan (and great-granddaughters Trista and Peyton) of Bridge Creek; Grandson David Spears (and great-grandchildren Michael, McKenna, Maci and Maverick) of Oilton; Grandson Michael Spears and wife Lori (and great-granddaughters Haylee, Raylee, Emma and Alaina) of Drumright; Sisters Lela Fowler of Apache, Delma Hancock of Oklahoma City, Delores Ginther and husband Bob of Lee's Summit, MO; and numerous nieces and nephews who LOVED their Uncle Lonnie.
Services will be held on Friday, September 23, 2022 at 11 AM at Ingram, Smith & Turner Mortuary in Yukon with burial to follow at 2 PM at the Fair Lawn Cemetery in Chickasha. Visitation will take place on Thursday, September 22, 2022, from 4 - 8 PM at Ingram, Smith & Turner Mortuary.