Harold M. Shenk76, dairy farmer, world traveler

By on August 24, 2011

Harold M. Shenk

Harold M. Shenk, 76, of Manheim, died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011 at Hospice of Lancaster County in Mount Joy. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May.

He was born in Penn Township on March 19, 1935, the son of the late John M. and Martha (Dyer) Shenk. He is survived by his wife Joan (Killheffer) Shenk. They would have celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on Sept. 11.

He was a 1953 graduate of Manheim High School and was self-employed as a dairy farmer for many years. The Shenks preserved their Penn Township farm in 2003. Mr. Shenk also worked for Sporting Valley Turf Farm, Manheim, and E. R. Carpenter Co., Lititz.

He was an avid golfer, card player (bridge and pinochle) and sports fan. He enjoyed travel, including trips to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, Mackinaw Island, Michigan, Alaska and Ireland.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two brothers: J. Robert Shenk, Manheim; and John Wilbur Shenk, Salisbury, Md.; a sister: Doris, wife of Clayton M. Brubaker, Mountville; a son: Jeffrey L. Shenk, Manheim; a daughter: Jennifer A. Shenk, Manheim; a son: Michael H. Shenk, New York, N.Y.; a daughter: Julia E., wife of Scott Kline, Manheim; and two grandchildren: Maggie (Kline) Snively, Fla.; and Daniel Kline, Mount Joy.

He was preceded in death by two sisters: Betty J. Shenk and Joanne (Shenk) Brubaker.

A gathering of remembrance was held at the Manheim Train Station on Aug. 21.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 314 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17603; or the Manheim Historical Society, P.O. Box 396, Manheim, PA 17545.

To send the family on-line condolences, visit buchfuneral.com.

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