OBITUARY

Harold Graham Shook

April 25, 1920January 16, 2017
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Col. (Ret.) Harold Graham Shook,96, passed away on January 16, 2017. Hal began to realize his childhood dream of flying when, on his 21st birthday, he entered flight training for the Army Air Corp. He graduated just days after Pearl Harbor and remained in the states as an instructor pilot, further sharpening his flying skills. He was a career Air Force pilot and commander. As the D-Day invasion neared, he was offered a squadron commander position and promoted to major while still only 23 years of age. He participated in three different combat theatres including leading a squadron of P-47’s for 3 missions during the D-Day invasion and 3 more the following day. He finished his USAF career leading an Air Division during the Vietnam War.

In the WWII book Leap Off he was quoted as being “The best pilot in any man’s air force.” While commanding a combat squadron at such an early age, he learned and applied many valuable lessons which served him well over the balance of his Air Force career as well the civilian career to follow.

Following his successful military career, he applied the leadership lessons he had learned in the military in a second career of management and career consulting. Much of what he learned has come to be termed team building today, but was almost unheard of in the military of World War II. These lessons learned and applied during war time became the basis of his three books, Flying Spirit, Fighter Pilot Jazz and Christ in my Cockpit. They also served as the foundation of his business, Life Management Services, where he taught team building, career planning and leadership skills. He also remained active as a speaker discussing the role of air power in World War II, always emphasizing the point that “freedom is not free”.

He will always be remembered as an incredible father and a truly kind and loving soul that never met a person he wouldn’t help. He is survived by two of his four sons, Stephen Shook and William Shook as well as his 4 sons’ wives, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. His two sons Michael and David predeceased him as well as his two wives Rae and Marilyn.

For more please visit Legacy.com. Services will be held at 11am on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, at Hope Community Church, 821 Buck Jones Rd., Raleigh, NC

Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 SE Maynard Rd. Cary, North Carolina 27511.

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Monday, January 30, 2017

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Paul Wiggins

October 30, 2017

Best time of my life was meeting and flying with Col. Hal Shook in Louisiana and the 834th Air Division under Gen. William McBride! Thanks Colonel for the time of my life! The Hun was a great bird!

TINA JASTROW

October 19, 2017

What can I say about Colonel Hal Shook, he was a true hero in my eyes. I always felt honored to be in his presence. He always made me feel special an shared a lot of his stories with me. He was and will always be special to me. Miss you my dear friend.

Nicole Morris-Anastasi

May 7, 2017

Hal and Marilyn helped me through an incredibly hard time in my life, when I felt like I had no direction and didn't know how to fix it. Hal treated me with compassion and firm kindness. He and Marilyn showed me how to get myself out of the hole I was in and I will be forever grateful. Hal made a deep impression on my life. What a wonderful human being.

Chris Mitchell

May 7, 2017

I'll never forget the week I spent with you and your wife Marilyn, working on her book. You both taught me a lot about life in the brief time I knew you. Bless you both.

Phil Harding

April 18, 2017

I remember Falls Church in the early '60's. Wouldn't change a single thing.

Phil Harding

April 18, 2017

Hiya, Pal. Nice wings. You continue to ispire me. Thank you. Your Spirit lives on in all of us. Your're still flying.

Mike Wright

February 15, 2017

All of us here of the Wright family in California send our prayers and condolences to all of the Shook family. Meem, or Marion, our much loved Uncles little sister, Robin and Leon Skidmore, Janet and Mike Wright, and Hillary and Mark Simas , all nieces or nephews, share in this loss of our loved Uncle and my hero, along with my father Al, who grew up with Hal. I am so happy we were able to visit and bring Meem back east to see, hug, reminisce, and be with UNK, last year. My Air Force stint, my career field, and my life was changed due to the great counsel from Hal during the VietNam war. His visits, his books, his letters, and his phone calls always kept us close, along with his amazing positive Christ centered attitude. As I just finished my study of Secrets of the Vine and am now in the second group study of the prayer of Jabez, I am amazed at how his wise counsel stays alive, day to day. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Shook family during this time and we all know that the words spoken to him were : Well done good and faithful servant, come now and rest in the Lord

William Reece

February 13, 2017

Sincere condolences to Col. Shook's family. As a member of IPMS/Eagle Squadron it was my pleasure to know him and to have played a part in building a scale model of his wartime P-47. One of my fondest memories is spending an evening in his Normandy room enjoying his hospitality and listening to his stories. He thought he was thanking us, but we were awed by him and were just honored to have him give us his time. Col. Shook was a generous friend and a real gentleman. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Neil McClenney

February 8, 2017

My sincere condolences to the family. There are many great things that can be said of Hal but I think what he would be most proud of was that he was a good husband and father, a kind man to others, and most importantly a faithful believer in God. Thank you for all the kindness you showed to our family.

Michael Reckmeyer

February 2, 2017

A true human. Top flight. He helped me realize my true potential as he did many others. Bless and protect.

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