Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


October 16, 2012

Robert D. Shanks - 1937-2012

PUNTA GORDA, FL — Robert D. Shanks, 74, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, after a brave battle with cancer.

He was born Nov. 29, 1937, in Ashland, to William and Virginia Shanks. He worked as an electrical engineer with Armco Steel before retiring. Bob was a fabulous cook, an avid fisherman and automotive enthusiast. His current love was his 1954 Chevy step-side “Yukon Gold” pickup. He was a life member of Elks Lodge 2606 in Punta Gorda. Bob enjoyed life and loved being “on the road” on his Harley or in his RV. He was proud to have the distinction of being a Kentucky colonel.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ellen Mansfield Shanks; and his second wife, Patty Hager Shanks.

He is survived by his daughters, Terri Shanks (L.J) Osborne, Beth Shanks (Jim) Rous and Julie Shanks (Steve) Yates; grandchildren Caitlin Osborne, David Rous, Heather (fiancé Ryan Weeks) Rous, Jacob Yates and Jonah Yates; and a brother, William E. Shanks.  

A celebration of Bob’s life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at the Elks Lodge, 25538 Shore Drive, Punta Gorda, FL 33950.

Because of its compassionate care, the family requests memorial donations to Tidewell Hospice at tidewell.org.

Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Punta Gorda is in charge of arrangements.  

Condolences may be sent to kays-ponger.com.

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