David R. Shenk 67, Vietnam veteran, avid fly fisherman

By on December 5, 2012

David R. Shenk, 67, of Lancaster, unexpectedly went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 at his residence.

Born in Atlantic City, N.J., he was the son of Grace H. Rock Shenk, Lititz, and the late Paul D. Shenk. He was married to Jan Cutaiar Shenk.

David was a graduate of Ephrata High School and Alvernia College with a degree in business management. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the Air Force. He was a postal clerk with the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 2009, and a substitute teacher for IU-13.

Dave was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting, but his passion was fly fishing. He designed and tied flies for fishing, demonstrating them in the U.S., Canada and Italy. His innovative flies won him a master’s award in England. He was passionate about sharing and teaching the sport of fly tying and fishing.

Another passion was art. Dave was a talented painter and helped many others in that field. He enjoyed gardening and was skilled at raising flowers. Dave was an excellent chef and everyone wanted his secret recipe for the cakes he made. He was a member of Trout Unlimited, Canada, Trout Unlimited, Donegal Chapter, where he was a board member, the AMVETS, American Legion, and an associate member of the Canadian Royal Legion. Dave attended Grace Baptist Church of Lancaster.

Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are his children: Christopher (Amy Allison) Shenk, Pottsville; Bryan Shenk, Lititz; Adrianne (Francesco) Caporusso, Lititz; stepchildren, James (Jenifer Cole) Stewart, Fredericksburg, Va.; Robert (Wendy Fralich) Stewart, Landisville; and Jacques Decaire, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Daniel, Rebecca, Caleb, Gia, Catherine (Belle), Alex, Julia, Sylvia; a brother, Dale P. (Pennelope) Shenk, Albuquerque, N.M.; and a sister: Mary Grace (Ronald P.) Youtz, Palmyra.

Dave’s life celebration service was held at Grace Baptist Church of Lancaster on Dec. 3 with interment in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Please omit flowers. Memorials may be sent to Trout Unlimited Donegal Chapter, P.O. Box 8001, Lancaster, PA 17604.

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