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Mr. Weldon Shank Sr.

Mr. Weldon B. "Pappy" Shank Sr., 88, of Waynesboro Pike, Fairfield, Pa., died Wednesday, Feb. 6, at his home.

He was the husband of Pauline Baumgardner Shank, his wife of 66 years.

Born Dec. 7, 1913, in Hinton, Va., he was a son of the late Wilmer O. and Edna Baxter Shank.

Mr. Shank was a member of Elias Evangelical Lutheran Church, Emmitsburg, where he taught Sunday school for many years.

He was a 1932 graduate of Emmitsburg High School, and attended Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pa., where he joined the Reserve Officers Training Corps.

Mr. Shank worked for his father at Shank’s Flour and Feed Mill, which he purchased from his father in 1938 and continued to operate.

He loved to make music and could play many instruments. He played bass horn in the Emmitsburg Community Band and the Shank Family Band, and sang in the Emmit-Wayne Quartet.

Mr. Shank was an airplane pilot and avid hunter most of his life.

He was a member of Tyrian Masonic Lodge 205, A.F&A. Masons, for 50 years.

Surviving in addition to his wife are nine children, Weldon B. Shank Jr. of Everett, Pa., Nina Dolly of Gettysburg, Wendell Shank, Wilmer Shank, William Shank, Nora Whitney and Nita Shank, all of Fairfield, Wallace Shank of Black Hawk, Colo., and N. Victoria Smith of Frederick; 22 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Leo Shank of Frederick.

Mr. Shank was preceded in death by three brothers, Odell, Roscoe and C.B. Shank; and two grandsons, Rodney and Ronald Shank.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Elias Evangelical Lutheran Church, Emmitsburg, with the Rev. W Ronald Fearer officiating.

Interment was in Emmitsburg Memorial Cemetery, Emmitsburg. The family received friends at Elias Lutheran Church parish hall immediately following interment services.

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