Time of Sharing
Life Story Reception
Friday, May 26, 2023
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT
Betzler Life Story Funeral Homes
6080 Stadium Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Where food, drinks, and stories will be shared.
At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.
Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.
Life Story / Obituary
June (Annen) Shockley, age 74 of Portage, died under hospice care on May 16, 2023. She was born on July 30, 1948, in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Edward Annen, Sr. and Cora (VanKlaveren) Annen. June was a 1966 graduate of Loy Norrix High School where she was a trailblazer for women’s sports and played on the tennis team in an era before female sports were lettered. She went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree from Western Michigan University.
She met her husband, Rick, while visiting family at Long Lake in Vicksburg when she was 15, it was love at first sight, they were married a few years later and this year celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary. They spent the early years of their marriage in Germany while Rick was in the Army and Trenton, Michigan while Rick attended dental school and June taught science, before settling in Portage. In her younger years, June enjoyed “slow” bike rides on camping trips with Rick and competing in racquetball leagues before turning to volunteering at the food pantry, P.E.O., book club, gardening, and spending time with numerous friends. Most recently, she and Rick enjoyed trips to their camper at Sunny Brook in South Haven.
Often described as the Michael Jordan of motherhood, for her greatness and dedication to her craft more so than her dunking ability, June was the best mom and did everything for her family. In addition to love and support, she ensured that each one of her boys had the best childhood - driving them to every sporting event (always arriving 15 minutes early), making fresh baked cookies (usually chocolate chip or oatmeal scotchies) and getting them “cool” clothes for school (except for one time when Ricky apparently got gym shoes from a grocery store in the 1980s – even Michael Jordan missed some shots). While June loved raising her three boys, she was more than excited when those boys found partners that balanced out the gender gap in the Shockley family. The gender gap was officially reversed when June became “Nana” to four granddaughters that she adored.
June is survived by her loving husband Rick; her oldest son Richard Shockley Jr. (Greta Luong); her middle son Ryan (Paige) Shockley, and their children Kinsey and Emerson; and the youngest son Jason (Eva) Shockley, and their children Ophelia and Vespa. The entire immediate family was able to meet in Seaside, Florida in April of this year for one final Spring Break to celebrate June’s life with her.
Life Story Services will be held Friday, May 26, 2023 at 4 pm at Betzler Life Story Funeral Homes, 6080 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo (269) 375-2900. A reception where food, drinks, and stories will be shared will be held in the Life Story Center immediately following the services. Visit June’s webpage at BetzlerLifeStory.com to archive favorite memories, photos, and sign her guestbook. Memorial Contributions may be made to Centrica Care Navigators.