Ray F. Shenk63, E.E. Shenk business manager, BVS volunteer

By on November 2, 2011

Ray F. Shenk, 63, of Manheim, unexpectedly went home to be with his Lord of natural causes Friday evening, Oct. 28, 2011 surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Rapho Township, he was the son of the late Earl E. and Katie Flory Shenk. He was the husband of Connie L. Yellott Shenk.

Ray was an active member of Chiques Church of the Brethren in Manheim, where he served as the president and caretaker of the church cemetery. He was a 1966 graduate of Elizabethtown Area High School. During the Vietnam War, he served one year in Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) at Farhney Keddy Home in Boonesboro, Md., where he met his wife of 40 years. Ray continued to work at the home for four years after his BVS assignment before returning with his young family to Manheim to work at the family business, E.E. Shenk Sons Inc., where he was the business manager. He was gifted at designing and manufacturing equipment for the business and woodworking. He considered spending time with his family extremely important.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son: R. Scott Shenk, of Harrisburg; a daughter: A. Rachelle, wife of Rev. Kyle D. Buckwalter; and their children: Samantha and Braden, of Lititz; six brothers: E. Eugene, husband of Darlene Shenk, of Elizabethtown; Glenn F., husband of Audrey Shenk, of Lititz; Galen F., husband of Nancy Shenk, of Elizabethtown; Marlin F. "Marty," husband of Joyce Shenk, and Gary F., husband of Janice Shenk, all of Manheim; and Jerry F., husband of Julie Shenk, of Hagerstown, Md.; and four sisters: Velma F. Shenk and Gladys F., wife of Kenneth Balmer, all of Elizabethtown; and Judy F., wife of Jacob Stoltzfus, and Patsy F., wife of Dale Brandt, all of Manheim.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother: Wilbur Shenk.

A funeral service will be held on Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. at Chiques Church of the Brethren, 4045 Sunnyside Road, Manheim. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery.

If desired, contributions may be made in his name to the building fund of Chiques Church.

To express a condolence with the family or to view a webcast of the service, visit spencefuneralservices.com.

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