OBITUARY

Ralph Roy Shuck

November 28, 1926September 29, 2020

Ralph Roy Shuck, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, brother, uncle, leader, and friend, passed away on September 29, 2020 in Williamston at the age of 93. Ralph (Roy as he was known to his Indiana family) was born on November 28, 1926 in Indiana. He married his sweetheart, Geraldine (Gerry) in 1947 and they had two daughters, Brenda and Kathy, and two sons, Rick and Steve, settling the family in Williamston. Ralph served in the Navy during both World War II and the Korean War. He retired from Consumers Energy.

In a life spent in service to others, Ralph took great pride in his family and in his community. He served as Boy Scout Troop Master in Williamston for over 50 years ushering several scouts to the rank of Eagle Scout, including his 2 sons and 5 of his grandsons. His life lessons were not just reserved for the scouts in his care. He loved camping with his family and teaching those skills to his children and grandchildren. He served in his church and on several committees in his community. One of those committees was responsible for the Red Cedar Jubilee, the annual summer festival in Williamston that always ended with his scout troop serving breakfast to the town. His community service culminated in being named Citizen of the Year. There were so many ways, both big and small, that Ralph left a positive, lasting impression on the people in his life who were blessed to know him.

Ralph was preceded in death by his wife, Gerry, his daughter, Brenda Ludwig, and his son-in-law, Kris Crandall. He is survived by daughter, Kathy Crandall, son, Rick (Linda), son, Steve (Pam), and son-in-law, John Ludwig. He also leaves his legacy behind in 13 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren (with another on the way), 1 great-great-grandchild (with another on the way), and many other family members. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 10th at Summit Cemetery on Beeman Road in Williamston. Memorial contributions can be made to The Care Team Hospice, 30600 Northwestern Hwy, Flint, MI 48834 or Williamston United Methodist Church, 211 South Putnam Street, Williamston, MI 48895.

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, October 10, 2020

Memories

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Liz Larson-Davis

October 11, 2020

Deepest sympathy to the Shuck family and friends. He was a special man who proudly served our country! May God bless you with comfort & peace... Sincerely, Liz Larson-Davis, Williamston MI

Nancy Ham

October 10, 2020

We met Ralph and Gerry right after we moved to Williamston. We have felt like we were part of the family for over 40 years now. So many happy memories! Rest In Peace Ralph, say hi to Gerry.

Ronda (Laronda) McCorkle

October 5, 2020

Some of my best memories of Shuck Family Reunions include Uncle Roy and your family. Even though we never lived close in proximity, it seemed like Uncle Roy was always very close to our family, and I am so thankful to have had him and Aunt Gerry and LOTS of cousins in my life. Uncle Roy looks so much like our Dad (Ron), and I know he and your whole family mean a lot to him too. Sending our love and prayers for your whole family. Allen and Ronda McCorkle and family

Linda Siciliano

October 4, 2020

To the Shuck family, THANK YOU! Thank you for sharing your parents with the community. I am sure there are more times than can be counted that you waited for your time with Ralph and Gerry while they were helping with community projects and encouraging scouts. Many Williamston Boy Scouts shared their 18th birthday with them as they finalized their Eagle Scout requirements.
When visiting with Ralph and Gerry, I would get the update on all their grandchildren (and great grandchildren) They were full of pride and love for you all.
Some of my best memories are participating in events planned by them, and sometimes just helping them plan the event!
I am sorry for your grief. May God grant you peace and comfort at this time! He holds you tightly!

Lee Anne Horvath

October 3, 2020

We remember our interactions with Ralph, Gerry, and Troop 63 with joy and thanks. His leadership helped shape our son into the fine human being, son, husband, and father that he has become. We moved to Minnesota when Frank Jr was in seventh grade, a difficult time in adolescence. I believe he missed Troop 63 and Ralph more than anyone could have imagined. When he passed his Eagle Board of Review he asked us to invite Scoutmaster and Mrs. Shuck, and his very good friend Greg, to his ceremony. We were so pleased that all came to Minnesota to help him celebrate.
Good People - That IS Ralph Shuck and Gerry Shuck. They are back together now and I'm sure they are volunteering for a Farm Breakfast or a Campout right this minute. Our hearts are sad for us, yet overjoyed for Ralph.

Sondra Rogers

October 2, 2020

You will be dearly missed Uncle Roy. You were always one of my favorite uncles. I’m so happy for you to reunite with your sweetheart and dear sweet Brenda, but I’m sure there is a big emptiness in all the loved ones left behind. Sending love and prayers to all the other family members. Please RIP ... until we meet again! Love, Sandy

Michelle Palmero (Hahn)

October 2, 2020

Rick and Kathy, I'm so sorry to hear of your father's passing. My prayers are with you both. Ralph taught me so many things beyond Ushering and proper floor cleaning techniques in Fellowship Hall.

Missy Manaloto

October 2, 2020

Uncle Roy was great guy to be around. Loved talking to him at family reunions. He will be deeply missed. We love you and the entire family.

Frank Horvath

October 2, 2020

We first met Ralph in 1988 or 1989 during a Cub Scout Pack 263 “Crossing Over” ceremony when our son Frank Jr. graduated from Cubs to Boy Scouts. That was the beginning of a dear and fondly remembered association with Ralph and Gerry and BSA Troop 63. I had a fabulous time as a youth in Scouting and wanted Frank Jr. to experience the same. Ralph told us bluntly that to make it a success, we would/should participate in the Troop. So it began. Intensely. I became an Assistant Scoutmaster and Lee Anne joined the Troop Committee. What followed was a whirlwind of meetings (mostly at Camp PaWaPi) and campouts and parades (remember the big flag!) and Boy Scout breakfasts. Ralph was a constant inspiration with boundless energy and encouragement for the Scouts and Scouters alike.

We moved to Minnesota in 1992 and really missed Troop 63, Ralph and Gerry. But, lo and behold, Frank Jr. and I were invited to go to Philmont in 1994 with Troop 63. I was on the crew with Ralph and Grandson Reggie. What an experience! It was tough but Ralph (at 68!) showed the way. We survived and had a great time. To this day, we have the T-shirts, hats, and coffee mugs commemorating the epic adventure (thanks to Gerry, the spirit behind the scenes). A few years later, we were very happy and honored when Ralph and Gerry traveled to Minnesota to participate in Frank Jr.'s Eagle Scout ceremony.

Our brief 5-year encounter with Ralph has had a huge impact on our lives! My personal interaction with him, and the major influence he had on Frank Jr., stand out as major life events, even considering college, the Army, and career. We will forever hold dear and fondly remember our association with Ralph. Thank you dear friend and mentor. Enjoy the peace and serenity of the big campground in the sky.

Michelle Jacokes

October 2, 2020

I loved growing up with 'Grandpa Shuck' at church (WUMC)! He was sure to make you laugh, and bring lots of joy to those around him! I will never forget going to his and 'Grandma Shucks' house for Christmas Eve treats and to track santa on the desktop computer after Christmas Eve service. Sending lots of love to the Shuck family. He will be missed greatly!

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