F Albert “Abbie” Shank obituary 1944~2022

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F Albert “Abbie” Shank, age 78, of Marion, PA, passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2022, at the Chambersburg Hospital.

F Albert “Abbie” Shank
F Albert “Abbie” Shank

Born in Waynesboro, PA on April 11, 1944, he was the son of the late William K. and Lillie I. Monninger Shank.

A 1962 graduate of the Greencastle Antrim High School, Abbie went on to complete trade school at the former Landis Tool Company, where he would eventually retire from as a Quality Control Supervisor after 40+ years.

Abbie was a member of the Marion United Methodist Church, where he served on the Capital Campaign Building Fund Committee, helped with the monthly community meals, and assisted with the yearly audit.

Abbie was also a member of Landis Tool Retirement Breakfast Club, GAHS Class of ‘62 Reunion Committee, Moose Lodge 842 in Chambersburg, the Elks Lodge 2270 in Waynesboro, the U.S. Equestrian Federation, and U.S. Trotter Association.

Abbie began working at the age of 10 for John Burkholder horse stables in Shady Grove, PA; this is where his love of horses began. He was an avid Horseman, owning and showing horses throughout his life, training, and even racing.

He was a Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Phillies fan, he enjoyed gardening, working outside, hosting the annual family reunion, where he was best known for his bbq chicken and softball games with “Abbie’s Rules” which could change at a moment’s notice.

In his earlier years, Abbie enjoyed coaching the Marion Girls Fast Pitch softball in the early 80’s, where he was known for his secret signs and plays.

Surviving is his loving wife of 56 years, Mary Ann Minnich Shank, whom he married on June 11, 1966, two daughters, Kathy A. Boos of Chambersburg, PA and Teresa J. Metzger (husband Scott) of Chambersburg, PA; four grandchildren, Joshua Boos (wife Brianna) of Orrstown, PA, Kalynn Boos, Ann Metzger, and Elijah Metzger all of Chambersburg, PA; four brothers, Gerald Shank (wife Ruby) of Greencastle, PA, Leslie Shank (wife Kay) of Greencastle, PA, William Robert Shank (wife Donna) of Chambersburg, PA, and John Shank (wife Shirley) of Shady Grove, PA; sister-in-law, Linda Minnich, fellow horse loving friend Tim Reed who is like family, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Curtiss Boos and four siblings, Effie Fetterhoff, Mary Meyers, Irene Helman, and Joseph Shank.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 5, 2022, at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Rd., Chambersburg, PA, where Pastor Brent Stouffer will officiate.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, December 4, 2022, from 6 – 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the above funeral home and address.

Interment will follow the service in Parklawns Memorial Gardens.

The service will be livestreamed on our website at the funeral home’s website, where condolences may be expressed on Abbie’s Book of Memories page.

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