Steven G. Shook

08/22/1953 — 01/11/2021

From Kennewick, WA | Born in Richland, WA

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Celebration of Life

Fri, January 22, 2021, 1:00 pm
Fri, January 22, 2021, 3:00 pm
Events at Sunset
915 Bypass Highway Bldg I Richland, WA 99352

Steven G. Shook

Steven G. Shook, 67, unexpectedly left this world to be with his Lord on the morning of January 11, 2021.

He was born on August 22, 1953, to Wade and June Shook, the youngest of 4 boys (Robert, George, Jeff, and Steve). The family lived in the tri-city area until moving to Electric City, WA in his late teens.

In 1971, Steve graduated from Grand Coulee High School and joined the US Navy. For the next four years, he toured the world via the USS Enterprise Aircraft Carrier.

After serving his country, Steve returned to the Tri-City area in 1975, where he was reintroduced by mutual friends to Jocelyn Leemhuis. The two were married on Valentine’s Day, 1976 and later were blessed with two children, Steven Wade and Christine Melissa.

Steve worked on the Hanford site for over 40 years, beginning with Hanford Patrol and spending the last 26 of those years working at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratories. He completed his career as a Senior Building Technician for the final 10 years before retiring in 2015.

Steve received his Associates of Arts degree in 1994. He was a very versatile person and demonstrated his “Jack of all trades” skills often while helping others.

Steve loved and valued his family and friendships he made during his life, always ready to speak with them or share a story. As grandchildren were added to his family, he always made time for them, sharing his knowledge, skills, and most importantly love with them. With the grandchildren living next door, he was never too busy for daily visits.

Steve loved to go on his annual fishing and hunting trips with his dear friend Mike and his cousin Jerry. Steve also had a love of reading books, and usually could be found sitting in his recliner with his nose stuck in a novel or reading on his tablet.

Steve is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jocelyn, son Steven Shook, daughter Christine Fowler, Son in laws Aaron Helton and Shawn Fowler, grandchildren Emmanuel, Sebastian, Angel, Madison, and Skyla. His brother George Shook, Denver Co., plus many other family members scattered around the world. He is also survived by his dearest friends, Mike and Nancy Gustafson.

A celebration of life will be held Friday, January 22, at 1:00 pm at Einan’s at Sunset Event Center, 915 Bypass Hwy, Richland, WA 99352. For those that cannot make it, the event will be recorded and broadcasted online. A link will be provided at

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  • I am sorry for your loss. I worked with Steve for many years at PNNL and always enjoyed the interactions. He will be missed. Moe Pease

    Moe Pease
    January 30, 2021
    Humansville, MO
  • Steve was a great man & always spoke highly of his family, especially expressing his pride of his grandchildren. He had a talent working with wood & could take junk & turn it into a yard ornament. He knew him while working for PNNL & always a cheerful conversation. He will be greatly missed.

    Betty Weber
    January 28, 2021
  • Steve, we will miss you dearly. We’re glad to have had you in our lives for the past 18 ish years. Now, try not to cause too much trouble and eat your brussel sprouts if they have them up there! Behave! Yes…I can hear your reply of “yes dear”. We will see you again my friend.

    Suzanne and Mike Kasko
    January 22, 2021
  • We will miss Steve very much. He was always ready with a joke, a smile or just to lend an ear. When we last spoke, a week before he passed, his first comment was “Nope, not gonna sell you that bowl yet.” as he put his head down & shook his head. I was a pest for 2 years about the beautiful bowls they were making. I know Jocelyn will treasure them.
    Steve was one of the truly nice people, down to earth with old fashioned manners .
    Rest well. We’ll miss you very much.
    Patti Ritchie & Robert Montroy

    Patti Ritchie
    January 21, 2021
  • I am so sorry for your loss Steve has been like a brother growing up and as we drifted apart our hearts never did Jocelyn and family I am so sorry I know what you were going through and know if you need any thing call me. I can just now picture Karl and Steve together that brought a smile to me. May God bless you and keep you and help you through this loss God bless

    Linda Bartlett
    January 21, 2021
  • My prayers are with you. May God give you peace and strength in this time of sorrow. Much love to you all.. !!!

    January 20, 2021
  • I’m very sorry to hear about your loss. Steve was a great man and always made me laugh he was fun to be around . I will always remember him . Sending my prayers.

    Bobby D
    January 20, 2021
    Spokane Valley
  • I am so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. My heart breaks with yours. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family. May Gods grace and peace be with you and the family with all my love your nephew Todd.

    January 20, 2021
  • My thoughts and prayers go out to you Jocelyn and your family. Please let me know if I can do anything.

    Pat Davis
    January 20, 2021
    West Richland
  • I’m so sorry to hear that Steve passed. We shared or birthday but was always reminded that he was a year younger. We also shared our quilt pictures and pictures of his other hobbies. He was a very kind person and the world has lost a good person.

    January 19, 2021
  • Jocelyn and Family. I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

    Mickey Rose
    January 19, 2021