Stillwater News Press


November 16, 2011

Lee E. Shank

Lee E. Shank, age 92 of La Crosse, Kan., died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, at the Rush County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care, La Crosse.

He was born March 7, 1919, to Eldridge I. and Grace A. (Robinson) Shank on a farm north of Bison, Kan.

He attended Eclipse #53 grade school and graduated from Bison High School in 1938.

On Aug. 17, 1940, he married Leola J. Schwindt of Bison at Larned, Kan.  To this union was born three sons and two daughters.  Leola died April 5, 1995.

He farmed north of Bison from 1939 to 1960.  They then moved to Bison where he was employed at Bison Farmer’s Co-op until 1966.  The family moved to Olathe, Kan., in 1966 where he was employed at Allis Chalmers Engineering Department until his retirement in 1984.

On January 2, 1997, he married Ruby A. (Steitz) Krug at La Crosse, where they made their home.

Lee attended the First Lutheran Church in La Crosse.  He loved farming, and while working for Allis Chalmers, he particularly enjoyed testing their experimental harvest equipment throughout the United States.  True to his farming background, he enjoyed working in his beautiful yards and gardens in Olathe and La Crosse, and delighted in sharing the bounty from them with friends and family.  Lee cherished the years he worked as a volunteer at the Kansas Barbed Wire Museum in La Crosse.  He also treasured his daily camaraderie with his friends at the 4 Corner Restaurant in La Crosse.

He is survived by his wife Ruby Shank of Hoisington, Kansas; three sons Dennis L. Shank, and his wife, Gaylene, of Goodland, Kansas, Duane D. Shank of Stillwater, Okla., Dale E. Shank, and his wife, Lorrie, of Basehor, Kan; one daughter, Deanne Lynn Ficken, and her husband, John, Bison, Kan; 12 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; one sister, Thelma Fiala of Bison, Kansas; one niece Lorene Erb, and her husband, Gerald of Schoenchen, Kansas; step daughter, Sharon Hutchinson, and her husband, Jeff, of Keller, Texas; step son, Rod Krug, and his wife, Viola, of Searcy, Ariz, six step grandchildren and 11 step great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eldridge I. and Grace A. (Robinson) Shank; his first wife, Leola J. (Schwindt) Shank (April 5, 1995); one infant daughter, Katherine Kay Shank; one brother in law, Edward Fiala; and one daughter in law, Shirley Shank (July, 2011)  

Funeral Services Will Be:  Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, at 10:00 A.M. at the First Lutheran Church, La Crosse, Kan., with Father Steven Little officiating

Interment (Burial):  La Crosse City Cemetery, La Crosse, Kansas   

Visitation Will Be:  Friday, Nov.18, 2011, from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Janousek Funeral Home, La Crosse, Kansas, with the family receiving friends from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Memorials May Be Made To:  Kansas Barbed Wire Museum, La Crosse, Kansas, or the Rush County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care, La Crosse, Kansas, or the American Cancer Society

Arrangements By:  Janousek Funeral Home, 719 Pine, La Crosse, Kansas 67548, 785/222-2517 

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