Heartland music legacy: Leland "Freck" Shivelbine passes away at 92

Heartland music legacy: Leland "Freck" Shivelbine passes away at 92
Freck Shivelbine and Former Mayor Jay Knudtson (Source: Jay Knudtson)
Freck Shivelbine and Former Mayor Jay Knudtson (Source: Jay Knudtson)

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Leland "Freck" Shivelbine has passed away.

According to Deputy Coroner Dennis Turner, Shivelbine passed away on Sunday, June 24 at the age of 92.

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Shivelbine was born in Cape Girardeau in 1926. He attended Cape Central and later Southeast Missouri State University. He joined the Navy in 1944 training to be a Navy pilot before Truman dropped the bomb effectively ending the war and Freck's pilot training program.

Shivelbine's Music has been an anchor in downtown Cape Girardeau since 1947, when it began as M & S Music. On July 1, 1949, the store became Shivelbine's Music when at age 23 Freck went into business with his father, William. A. Shivelbine.

Shivelbine's Music has provided affordable musical instruments to more than 100 schools each year in southeast Missouri, southern Illinois and northeast Arkansas helping enrich the musical lives of thousands of students over the past 70 years.

Shivelbine has been a member of the Cape Noon Lions Club since 1950, serving as president from 1963-1964. He served on the boards of the Arts Council of SEMO, The Glenn House, Old Town Cape (helping launch Tunes at Twilight), and the River Heritage Mural Association.

He's received multiple awards including: the Old Town Cape Excellence in Preservation Award, the Cape Chamber Small Business of the Year Award (2001), Otto F. Dingeldein Award (1998) which honors the individual whose artistic achievements have made a considerable impact on the cultural enrichment of the Community, Charles L. Hutson Visionary Award (2018) from Old Town Cape and he was the first recipient of the Leland J. "Freck" Shivelbine Award (2018) which was named in his honor and is now considered the highest accolade a member of the Cape Noon Lions Club shall receive.

Ford and Sons will be handling the arrangements.

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