Jason Scott Shounkwiler passed away December 11, 2022, at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by his family.
Services will be held Friday, December 16, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Burial will follow at the Russell Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Thursday, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m., at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made in care of Jason’s family. A fund account for the Shounkwiler family has been established at the First Interstate Bank in Chariton.
Jason Scott Shounkwiler was born February 25, 1975, in Chariton, Iowa to Glenn and Beverly Shounkwiler. He was raised in Chariton alongside his brothers, Brian and Justin. Jason attended elementary school in Williamson. He graduated from Chariton High School alongside the class of 1993.
Jason became a father for the first time in 1995 when his daughter, Courtney, was born. He met Niki and they knew from the beginning that they were soulmates. The couple was united in marriage on September 25, 1999. Jason and Niki were blessed with four children: Bodhi, Boston, Bristol, and Birkleigh. They made their home in Russell.
Jason worked for Astoria Industries of Iowa and Altec Inc. as a welder. He enjoyed welding and was a hard worker. When he wasn’t working, Jason looked forward to spending time with his family. Jason was tough as nails, but soft-hearted. This was clear in his parenting, as he was a strict, but loving father. His kids were his whole world. Every night before bed, Bristol would write Jason a note, and every morning, he would write her back.
Jason was a big NASCAR fan. He loved working alongside his son, Bodhi, rebuilding motors and sharing his love of automobiles. He was pretty happy that Bodhi has become a motorhead like him. Jason always looked forward to long rides on his Harley with Niki. He also enjoyed taking the kids for rides.
Jason loved heavy metal and attended every concert and festival that he could. One of Courtney’s favorite memories with her dad was attending Lazerfest. It was her very first concert and it was a memorable one.
Although he was a private person, Jason never hesitated to help anyone who needed him. He was thoughtful, considerate, and always had a great sense of humor. He recently took Boston out to eat, just the two of them, and he piled her plate full of food as they walked through the buffet line…always the jokester. Jason had a pair of bibs that he loved. When Birkleigh found a similar pair at a garage sale recently, she had to have them. She loved wearing matching bibs with her dad.
Jason will be dearly missed by his parents, Glenn and Beverly Shounkwiler; wife, Niki Shounkwiler; children: Courtney (Brian) Dossey, Bodhi Shounkwiler, Boston Shounkwiler, Bristol Shounkwiler, and Birkleigh Shounkwiler; brothers, Brian Shounkwiler and Justin Shounkwiler; nieces: Dorothy, Brianne, and Zoe; and great niece and nephews: Leah, Joey, and Chase.
The service will be livestreamed through the following link: https://my.gather.app/remember/jason-shounkwiler