- December 28, 1929 - February 2, 2014
- New Palestine, Indiana
of Richard's Passing
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“I have so many memories of just hearing Dick laugh or say something that left you rolling on the floor. My most recent memory is when I was standing...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Wilma Woodford - Falmouth, KY
“In our time seats were in alphabetical order. My maiden name was Schroy and through out our school yrs I sat in front of Dick. I knew him quite...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Elsie Duke & Mary Jo Slonaker - IN
“It's hard to believe that here on this earth we won't hear his infectious laugh, we will have to wait until we are reunited with him in Heaven. Dad...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Beth Shank-Fodrea - Winchester, IN
“Dick was a great man, brother, friend and fabulous Uncle who will be greatly missed.
4 of 7 | Posted by: Becky & Jim Kates - Richmond, IN
“Your dad was a great guy. I remember him attending all the cross country meets Rick and I ran in. He always seemed to have something funny to say...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Dennis Rippy - Walkerton, IN
“Another angel in heaven RIP!
6 of 7 | Posted by: Sheilah - Ermine, KY - Friend
“RIP my good friend!
7 of 7 | Posted by: Krista Cooper - New Palestine, IN
Richard Morris Shank, Sr., 84, of New Palestine, IN passed away peacefully Sunday, February 2, 2014.
He was born on December 28, 1929 to Morris and Catherine Shank (Dickerson). He married Carmen A. Thomas on September 23, 1954 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Richard was a 1948 graduate of Centerville High School where he was proudly lettered in baseball, basketball and track.
After graduation he worked at Miller Brothers Hardware in Richmond, IN until he took a leave of absence and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict until his honorable discharge in 1954. Richard was awarded the National Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal with 1 Star, Naval Occupation of Asia Medal, Good Conduct Medal and The United Nations Korean Service Medal.
He then continued work for Miller Brothers Hardware until its closing, Kiefabers Plumbing Supply, New Palestine Hardware and Pickets Hardware until its closing in 2002.
Not only did Richard serve 35 years on the New Palestine Town Council where he helped establish the New Palestine Planning and Zoning Commission, he also had the opportunity to have a helping hand in The Economic Development, Hancock County Transportation Advisory Board, New Palestine Cemetery Board and the Redevelopment Commission.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his loing wife Carmen and his daughter Debra. Left to cherish his memory is his son, Richard M. Shank, Jr. (Tonta) ; and his daughter, Sharon (Larry Joe) Fox; four grandsons, Richard III of Greenwood, Craig of New York, Jacob of Speedway, Samuel of Knightstown; and one brother, Duane (Evelyn) Shank of Centerville.
He was a member of The National Rifle Association, a lifetime member of the New Palestine Lions Club where he held several offices and a 59 year member of the American Legion Post# 182.
Dick lived by Milton Berle's motto: "Leave em Laughing".
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until service time at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2014. Hendryx Mortuary located at 19 E. Main St. New Palestine, IN.
If you would like to make a memorial contribution you may donate to Lupus Foundation, Wounded Warrior or the charity of your choice.