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W. Roger Shanks

October 14, 2023
Holland, MI


Life Story / Obituary


Roger Shanks, 94, of New Carlisle, Ohio, passed away peacefully on October 14, 2023, in Holland, Michigan. Born on September 2, 1929, in Jamestown, Ohio, Roger was a loving father, devoted friend, and a man of unwavering faith.

Roger was a gentle and caring individual who demonstrated both strength and sensitivity throughout his life. He held a deep love for his home state of Ohio, knowing every backroad, farm, and the rich history of the New Carlisle area. His quirky sense of humor, though at times hard to follow, always managed to lighten the mood. As his health declined, he made the decision to move to Michigan to live with his daughter and son-in-law. This allowed him to experience the beauty of sunsets over Lake Michigan, witness children dancing in their wooden shoes and Dutch attire and enjoy boat rides and fishing trips up North.

Roger's faith in God remained steadfast, and he found solace in knowing that one day he would be reunited with his beloved wife, Tenna, in the presence of the Almighty. He passed peacefully, as he had prayed for, and we take comfort in knowing that he is now singing hymns like "Heavenly Sunlight" in his eternal home with God.

In addition to his faith and love for Ohio, Roger was a proud veteran of the US Navy, having served from 1948 to 1952 during the Korean Conflict. His military service was a testament to his dedication and commitment to his country.

Roger pursued a successful career as a manager for both Ford and Chrysler, showcasing his dedication to keeping his lines running smoothly. He also managed an apple orchard where his children David and Rebecca had great adventures growing up.

Roger is survived by his daughter, Rebecca and her husband Michael; daughter-in-law, Karen, and his grandchildren, Dawn, Ethan, Kyle, and Brandon. He was preceded in death by his son David.

Roger will be remembered as a kind-hearted and resilient individual, whose love for family, faith, and his home state of Ohio was unwavering. His legacy will live on through the memories shared by his loved ones.