ENID, Okla. — A funeral honoring and celebrating the life of Enid Police Department Detective Nicholas L. “Shack” Shackleford is set for 3 p.m. Saturday at Oakwood Christian Church.
Chaplain Butch Phillips will officiate. Military honors will be conducted by the Vance Air Force Base Silver Talons Honor Guard and police honors and last call will be conducted by Enid Police Department Honor Guard.
Shackleford, 47, died Friday following a lengthy battle with medical issues.
He was born to Larry and Kathy Schement Shackleford on June 6, 1972, in Dayton, Ohio. He was baptized in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He was raised and educated in Dayton, graduating from Carroll Catholic High School in 1990. He enlisted in the Air Force, where he worked in cryptotechnology with top secret clearance during the Desert Shield and Desert Storm campaigns.
After he was honorably discharged, he returned to Ohio and attended Wright State College. He then worked for ComNet, traveling throughout the United States and Mexico repairing and updating flight information display systems.
It was during this time when he met Lori McCarter, and they married Feb. 14, 2000.
The couple moved throughout the country for Lori’s military career before moving to Enid to be near family.
It was in Honolulu that Shackleford became interested in becoming a policeman and became one of the 28 out of 2,800 to graduate from the selection process, joining Honolulu Police Department.
In 2014, he joined Enid Police Department.
“It’s a profession and a career. It’s not just a job,” Shackleford told the Enid News & Eagle following his swearing in ceremony. “There is a camaraderie among police officers that isn’t at other jobs. It’s nice to know your fellow officer is going have your back.”
In 2016, he earned the rank of detective and was assigned to juvenile crimes division. In 2017, he transferred into the Internet Crimes Against Children division.
Shackleford's fellow EPD officers complimented his kind demeanor and dedication to his work.
"It saddens me and makes me angry that such a good man can be taken too soon," Chief Brian O'Rourke said. "I walk by his office and expect to see him.
"The EPD is a family, civilian and officers alike, and to have one missing hurts," he said. "He had a quiet, unassuming, confident manner about him. He was a hard-working officer that liked serving. He did a great job in each place he was assigned."
One of Shackeford's former field training officers, Sgt. Mike Evans, called him a "great, upstanding person."
"He had a lot of character," Evans said. "He was very nice and knew how to manage people."
"He was genuinely one of the nicest people I ever met," said Officer Nicole Binckley, who worked as a detective with Shackleford. "He was always thoughtful of other people."
He is survived by his parents of Ohio; his wife of the home, his sons, Spencer and Luke, both of Enid; and brother Scott, of Dayton.