Todd Hunter Shore, 56, passed away suddenly, Monday, February 8, 2021, at his home.
He was born January 22, 1965 in Fredonia, KS to Harold D. Shore and Karen Frank-Plumlee.
Growing up, Todd lived in Fredonia, KS; Dawn, MO; Welston, OK; Chandler, OK; Maple Hill, KS where he graduated from a nearby high school in Saint Mary, KS; and Glen Carbon, IL, where he made his final home.
Todd worked in the Information Technology field and was always mentoring those with whom he worked. Many of his subordinates left for better jobs after he had spent time with them and taught them what they needed to know to progress. He enjoyed the fact that he was able to help them move up and move on. Constantly losing their employees when they left for better jobs did not, however, always amuse his supervisors.
He married Maxine Chaplain, originally from Jamaica, on July 25, 1999, in a lovely service in his backyard officiated by his father. At this time he gained a stepdaughter, Aiesha Dukes, at the age of 15. As she grew up, he was proud of her and provided her his dry, wry, and somewhat cynical advice. He was justly proud of her dancing, acting, and her ability to thrive in those challenging professions in Chicago and New York.
At their home in Glen Carbon, although his front yard is not easily seen from the road, he proudly recounted hearing neighbors admire his yard as they walked by, not knowing he was in earshot. Todd was also very proud of his garden. He enjoyed cooking and using vegetables he had grown. Once when describing a recipe, he remarked that with a Shore, the recipe would always start with “Take an onion…”.
Todd’s sense of humor was unique. His sister, Valerie, remembered the smirk he would get on his face when he would tell you to hit him on the shoulder. If you did, you knew he would hit back a “little” harder. Then he would tell you that you should have seen that coming. Not that he was violent, just sneaky. He loved to argue, and if he could convince you of his opinion, he would then take your previous position and continue to argue, also with a smirk on his face.
He is survived by his parents and their spouses; Harold (Arlene) Shore of Enid, OK and Karen (Bob) Frank-Plumlee of Lincoln, MT; wife; stepdaughter; two sisters, Valerie (Mark) Barnett and Stephanie Shore; two brothers, Paul (Jeanna) Shore and Brian (Jane) Dunford-Shore; four stepsisters; two stepbrothers; and many nieces and nephews.
Todd is preceded in death by his best friend, Bob, whom he was very loyal to as evidenced by his dedication during his last days.
A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held at a later date.
Marks Mortuary in Wood River is in charge of arrangements.