Melvin H. Shank

AUG. 16, 1923-MARCH 17, 2012

March 18, 2012
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Melvin Henry Shank peacefully departed this life surrounded by family on March 17, 2012.

Born Aug. 16, 1923, in Mason Dixon, Pa., he was the son of the late Harvey K. Shank and Rose L. Dennis Shank.

He attended South Potomac School in Hagerstown.

He retired from theCoca-Cola 1988 after 33 years of service.

Melvin was a member of St. James Brethren Church since 1947.

He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed gardening in his free time.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Charlotte Louise Shank. They were married April 6, 1947.

He is survived by sisters, Dorothy Moore of Hancock, Md., and Helen Butler of Amherst, Ohio; a brother, Paul R. Shank; son, Jeffrey L. Shank and wife, Sondra, of Boonsboro, Md.; daughters, Deborah S. Hartman and husband, David, of Walkersville, Md., and Margaret A. Shank and partner, Joanne DiGregorio, of Olney, Md.; grandson, Michael S. Shank and wife, Kristi, of Downsville, Md.; granddaughters, Deena L. Kirchner and fiancé, Jason Caniford, of Williamsport, Md., Ashley E. DeVine and husband, Travers, of Frederick, Md., and Natalie R. Hartman of Walkersville; and great-granddaughters, Carli and Jenna Shank, and Sydney and Peyton Kirchner.


Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Mary Martin, Martha Durbin and Anna Line; brothers, Harvey K. Shank and the Rev. Glen “Doc” H. Shank; and stepbrother, Paul Shank, who lived in Hagerstown.

Family will receive friends Tuesday, March 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown, MD 21740. Services will be Wednesday, March 21, at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home.

A very special thank you to Hospice of Washington County, especially to Brenda, Tina, Pastor Eric and Sandy, for their wonderful care and support. And thank you to services provided by Tender Loving Home Care and Meritus Care At Home.

Please make donations to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD, 21742; or St. James Brethren Church, 17718 Lappans Road, St. James, MD 21781.

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