William E. Shank, 90, of Carlisle, passed away on Friday, June 10, 2016 at his home.
He was born on January 28, 1926 in Hagerstown, MD, and was a son of the late Frank L. and Goldie (Hovermill) Shank
and was married for 56 years to the late Mildred “Millie” (Liszman) Shank, who died March 27, 2006.
Mr. Shank attended Carlisle High School through tenth grade at which
time he joined the United States Navy. During his high school years Mr. Shank competed in football, basketball, and boxing.
During his military years he served as an Armed Guard on a merchant ship as part of the Atlantic Amphibious Force in the Pacific
Ocean during World War II. As a Seaman First Class Mr. Shank earned awards including European Theater Ribbon,
Pacific Theater Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal, and Philippine Liberation Ribbon. Ships on which Mr. Shank
served include SS Golden Fleece, USS LST 856, Ad Com Phibs Pac, USS LST 398, USS LST 1066, and USNTS Great Lakes.
Mr. Shank received his certificate of graduation from Carlisle High School in 2002 as part of the well-recognized war
veteran honor program.
Following WWII, he met his future wife, Millie Liszman while working
at the former Federal Equipment Factory in Carlisle. They were married in Carlisle on April 1, 1950 in the First Evangelical
United Brethren Church. Mr. Shank was a life-long member of Carlisle United Methodist Church where he served
as an usher since 1950.
Beginning in 1951, Mr. Shank went to work at the United States Army
War College located in Carlisle. He enjoyed thirty years as an exemplary cabinet maker and foreman in the furniture shop.
His responsibilities included building and refinishing furnishings throughout the entire college campus.
There were many colonels and generals who knew Mr. Shank by his first name and appreciated his superior workmanship.
During his tenure Mr. Shank also became highly qualified as a Lock Master having completed a two year course in only
one year and thus serving as a professional Lock Master for the wide variety of security needs at a Federal Institution. Mr.
Shank not only excelled as a professional furniture maker for the armed forces, but he also made furniture for his home and
many friends and relatives.
An important part of Mr. Shank's life involved
The Boy Scouts of America. He earned the distinction of Eagle Scout and served as a scout leader for twenty
years. He especially enjoyed taking his scout troop to Philmont Scout Camp in New Mexico.
Mr. Shank is survived by one brother-in-law, Bill Riggs and wife Wendy;
nephew, Allen Shank and wife Ellen; niece, Beth Shank and spouse Terry Wise; nephew, Dene and wife Angie Leonard; niece, Danita
Leonard; niece, Susan Riggs and partner Jackie Wright; niece, Sally Gallagher and husband Chris, niece, Jennifer Green and
husband Levi; great-niece, Jenna Shank and husband Steve Woodward; great-niece, Dena Leonard; great-nephew, Michael Gallagher;
great-niece, Molly Gallagher and great-great-nephew, Griffin Woodward. He was predeceased by one sister,
Dolly Riggs, one brother, Evers and his wife Jean Shank and his sister-in-law, Eleanor and her husband Red McKillip.
visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 16, 2016 followed by funeral services at 11:00 a.m. in the Carlisle
United Methodist Church, 45 S. West St, Carlisle, with Rev. Mira Hewlett officiating. Burial with military
honors by Cumberland County Honor Guard will be in Westminster Memorial Gardens, Carlisle. A time of fellowship
will be held at the church following the burial. Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Carlisle, is in charge of
the arrangements. Memorial donations in Bill’s name may be made to Carlisle United Methodist Church
or to Boy Scouts of America.
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Sending condolence wishes to the family of Bill from Don, Paula and Christopher Walker. We were fortunate
to know Bill, even if for only 4 years. He was a wealth of knowledge and always had a good story to tell. We will miss our
visits sitting in the garage. He was a good and kind-hearted man. He always showed genuine interest in how our son, Christopher,
was doing. Bill was someone he respected.
Our pups will miss him also. Especially
Maggie, who enjoyed sitting under or by his chair during a visit, rolling in the grass on the hill out front and sliding
down on her back.
It will be different not seeing him around.
Don, Paula, Christopher
Remember him well from my days in Boy Scout Troop 163. He was an excellent
leader and example to us all.I still use some of the things he taught me and have passed them on to my children. My condolences
to the family.
Larry R Trayer
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