Weldon Shank Sr.
Mr. Weldon B. "Pappy" Shank Sr., 88, of
Waynesboro Pike, Fairfield, Pa., died Wednesday, Feb. 6,
at his home.
He was the husband of
Pauline Baumgardner Shank, his
wife of 66 years.
Born Dec. 7, 1913, in Hinton, Va., he was a son of
the late Wilmer O. and Edna Baxter Shank.
Mr. Shank was a member of Elias Evangelical Lutheran
Church, Emmitsburg, where he taught Sunday school for
He was a 1932 graduate of Emmitsburg High School, and
attended Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pa., where he
joined the Reserve Officers Training Corps.
Mr. Shank worked for his father at
and Feed Mill, which he purchased from his father in
1938 and continued to operate.
He loved to make music and could play many
instruments. He played bass horn in the Emmitsburg
Community Band and the Shank Family Band, and sang in
the Emmit-Wayne Quartet.
Mr. Shank was an airplane pilot and avid hunter most
of his life.
He was a member of Tyrian Masonic Lodge 205, A.F&A.
Masons, for 50 years.
Surviving in addition to his wife are nine children,
Weldon B. Shank Jr. of Everett, Pa., Nina Dolly of
Gettysburg, Wendell Shank, Wilmer Shank, William Shank,
Nora Whitney and Nita Shank, all of Fairfield, Wallace
Shank of Black Hawk, Colo., and N. Victoria Smith of
Frederick; 22 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and
two great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Leo
Shank of Frederick.
Mr. Shank was preceded in death by three brothers,
Odell, Roscoe and C.B. Shank; and two grandsons, Rodney
and Ronald Shank.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10,
at Elias Evangelical Lutheran Church, Emmitsburg, with
the Rev. W Ronald Fearer officiating.
Interment was in Emmitsburg Memorial Cemetery,
Emmitsburg. The family received friends at Elias
Lutheran Church parish hall immediately following
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