Paul S. Shank, 101

JUNE 29, 1911-MARCH 24, 2013

March 25, 2013
  • Paul Stanley Shank
Paul Stanley Shank

Paul Stanley Shank, 101, of Ravenwood Lutheran Village Cottages in Hagerstown, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center.

Born June 29, 1911, in Washington County, Md., he was the son of the late Charles M. and Carrie V. (Frush) Shank.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Elizabeth (Ground) Shank.

He attended Hopewell Elementary and graduated from Williamsport High School in 1929.

He served in the U.S. Navy for two years as a pharmacist mate, with an operating room technician rating.

Paul worked for Peoples Drug Stores for 44 years. He was manager of the new Peoples Store on the square in downtown Hagerstown for 15 years.

He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, where he served as Sunday School superintendent, taught the Temple Builders class for 28 years and was a church lay leader for 20 years. 

He was past president of Hagerstown Retail Bureau and a member of Chamber of Commerce. Also was a past member of Hagerstown Rotary Club.

He is survived by two children, Karen E. Helfrich and husband, Richard, and Jerry G. Shank and wife, Rosalie; four grandchildren, Richard Helfrich Jr., Stan Shank, Steve Shank and Scott Shank; five great-grandchildren, Taylor Shank, Zachary Shank, Zoe Shank, Emily Shank and Mayzi Shank.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Nora Bartles, Ethel Stottlemyer and Eleanor Delaney, and three brothers, Bruce Shank, Lloyd Shank and Edgar Shank.   

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Clark D. Carr will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hagerstown Rescue Mission, 125 N. Prospect St., Hagerstown, MD  21740; or Grace United Methodist Church Air Conditioning Fund, 712 W. Church St., Hagerstown, MD  21740.

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