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Dr. James F. Shank

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On November 1, 2011 @ 7:17 pm In Obituaries | 12 Comments

Dr. James F. Shank Lancaster PA

Dr. James F. Shank, 96, a resident of Luther Acres, diedMonday, October 31, 2011. He was affectionately called “Doc Yankum” by his many friends in “uptown” Lititz where he was a frequent customer of the original ”Benners” and Spill the Beans Coffee Shop.

He was married 42 years to Helen Furniss Shock Shank.  Born in Quarryville, he was the son of the late Harry F. and M. Irene Sheetz Shank. He came from a family of artists and sang bass in the family quartet. They sang acappella in many churches and other functions.

He attended a one room school and later graduated from Quarryville high school with honors. He was a graduate of MillersvilleStateTeachers Collegewith a B.S .in education and was inducted into Phi Sigma Pi, the national honorary fraternity. He also attended Franklinand MarshallCollegeas a pre-med student. He was employed at the Philadelphia Terminal in the post office until he was drafted in 1941 and served five years in the Army,19 months of which he spent in the European war zone with the 79th Infantry Division after landing on Utah beach. He earned the rank of Captain. He was awarded  4 battle stars, the bronze star and other citations. He served with the 4th Armored Division and the 79th Infantry Division and then the 16th Armored Division.

He was discharged in 1946 as a Captain and returned to work in thePhiladelphiapost office. In1950 he was accepted as a freshman inTempleDentalSchoolat the age of 35. After graduation in 1954 he began his practice in Lititz, where he practiced until retiring in 1986.

Dr. Shank was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster.  An avid golfer, he was a member of the Meadia Heights Golf Club where won the senior golf tournament in 1997 at age 82.  He enjoyed gardening and watercolor and oil painting.  His other memberships included the Retired Officers Association, American Legion, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, the Slumbering Goundhog Lodge, a former member of the Lititz Lions Club, a 32nd degree Mason, and the Lititz Art Association.  He had been active with the local Boy Scouts as chairman for five years.

Surviving besides his wife are a daughter, Carol, wife of Dr. Dennis Gibboney of Greensburg, PA; a son, David F., husband of Susan Shank of Waldorf, MD; two stepsons, Kenneth R., husband of Eileen Shock of Kona, Hawaii and Dr. John R., husband of Marie Shock of Princeton Junction, NJ; a sister, Thelma, wife of Dr. Mark Weaver of Lancaster; three grandchildren, Sgt. James D. Shank of Fort Riley, KS, Kerry Shank of Dyersburg, TN and Lisa, wife of Dr. John Jancarik of Allison Park, PA; five step-grandchildren, Scott husband of Jean Shock, Andy Shock, Emily wife of Chad Babcock, Patrick Shock, and Kevin Shock; a great granddaughter Dana Jancarik.  He was preceded in death by brothers Ralph Edward Shank killed in World War II and Eugene David Shank, and by a sister Marian I. Shank.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 3:00 P.M. at First Presbyterian Church, 140 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA with the Rev. Dr. Randolph T. Riggs officiating.  Friends may greet the family following the service.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dr. Shank’s memory may be made to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund at First Presbyterian Church, 140 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA  17602.

Condolences for the family of “Dr. James F. Shank”

Condolence from Mike Vaughn on November 4th, 2011 11:58 am

Dave, my condolences to you and your entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Condolence from john oliver on November 4th, 2011 12:30 pm

Thoughts & prayers to you & your family Dave. Stay strong since your Dad laid the foundation along time ago!

Condolence from Dave on November 4th, 2011 9:14 pm


You will be forever missed…you smile, your enthusiasm for life and your humor gave me many memories that are helping me during this difficult time for the family.

I love you…..

Condolence from Crystal Smith on November 5th, 2011 12:50 pm

Dave, my heart goes out to you, Sue and the family. Life is about moments, and your Dad left you with many wonderful memories – I know this to be true, as you have shared some of those moments/memories with me. I feel as if I knew your Dad through your stories, I do know the man he reared and guided in life to be a wonderful man and friend – to Dr. James F. Shank, job well done! May you find peace and comfort in those memories.
Love you,

Condolence from Sue Risser Stauffer on November 5th, 2011 8:36 pm

To the family of Dr. James Shank, I will always remember with great respect Dr. Shank. I worked for him for a few years when I finished school. He taught me how to assist him with the patients. I learned many office and dental tasks from a very patient man. He was not only my dentist,boss, but a very good friend. Blessings to all his loved ones. My sincere condolences. Sue Risser Stauffer

Condolence from jenn on November 6th, 2011 8:51 am

dave, condolences to you and your family. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

Condolence from Regina Hall on November 6th, 2011 11:31 am

Dave my condolences go out to you and your family. May the memories you have always be cherished and remembered. My prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Joan Kechula on November 7th, 2011 11:01 am

My condolences to you and your family.You are in my thoughts & Prayers.

Condolence from Marie Shock on November 8th, 2011 12:15 pm

Carol and Dave – Thanks for sharing your Dad with my family for so many years. Jim was the greatest step-Grandpa to my children, Patrick and Kevin and the best step-father-in-law on the planet. He always had a warm and welcoming hug and kiss for me and a great big smile. His enthusiasm, zest for life and good humor will be missed every day. The 35 or more years I knew him were a blessing.

Condolence from Barbara Salvatore on November 8th, 2011 12:56 pm

I am sorry for the loss of your father. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

Condolence from Bruce Szczesniak on November 9th, 2011 6:29 pm

Dave, we were saddened to hear of the loss of your father, you and your family are in our daily thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Geo on November 9th, 2011 11:30 pm

my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. As others have conveyed, Cherish all the wonderful memories..Peace be with you all. G

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