The Reverend Owen David Shank, a longtime resident of the Shenandoah Valley, passed from this earthly sojourn into the arms of his heavenly Father on March 17, 2023. He was born at Mt. Crawford, VA in 1942 to Byard and Anna Ruth (Hertzler) Shank.
On July 18,1964, David married Lois Marie Chubb. They were blessed with 13 children of whom 12 survive.
David was preceded in death by his parents, Byard and Anna Ruth Shank, his brother, Henry Michael Shank, and two still born brothers, his son, Andrew Patrick Shank, and his great-grandson, Gilbert Wilder Jacobsen.
He is survived by his wife, Lois, his children and their spouses, Shane (Kim) Shank, David (Heather) Shank, Jonathan (Karen) Shank, Thomas (Renee) Shank, Charles Shank, Melissa Snitko. Robert Shank, Virginia (Peter) Wallace, Sarita (Adam) Brink, Christina (Julio) Galvan, Timothy (Gwen) Shank, Stephan Shank, and at least 54 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Ellen Elizabeth (Joseph) Shetler, Margaret Mae (Daniel)Lehman, Patricia Louise (John)Martin, Ray Jonathan (Marietta)Shank and Lois (Lowell) Gerber, and many nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be held at Potters House Worship Center, in Harrisonburg, at 9:30 am with a funeral service following at 11 am, Saturday, March 25, 2023. Burial will take place at Pike Mennonite Church Cemetery, also in Harrisonburg. All are invited to join the family following the burial for a light luncheon and time of remembering.
Johnson Funeral & Cremation Service, Bridgewater, VA is assisting the family with arrangements.