John W. Shank - 76

6/12/1943 - 6/27/2019

Byron, IL


  • Jean Calvert McNamara

    on 06/28/19

    Dear Mary Kay and family,

    I'm so very sorry to hear of John's death! For all of us who grew up in Byron, it's always like losing one of our own! Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers!

    Love and blessings,

    Mike and Jean McNamara 

  • Deb Copeland

    on 06/29/19

    John was such a special guy, not many people can warm your heart just by smiling at you. He was always so warm hearted and just so genuine. I feel like I was So lucky to have known such a wonderful man. He will be so missed by everyone he who was lucky enough to have known his kind heart.
  • Paul Noyes

    on 06/29/19

    Wonderful man. My deepest condolences to the entire family. Paul Noyes
  • Patrick Edgar

    on 06/30/19

    I am saddened to hear about the loss of John. My sister and I had many wondeeful times as children being with John, Carol, Harlan. My deepest condolences to all his family.and friends.
  • Byron Tigers Junior Tackle

    on 07/03/19

    Our deepest sympathy to the entire Shank Family.  Our thoughts and prayers to you all and such a wonderful family.  Know John will be missed by so many.


    Byron Tigers Junior Tackle

  • Jay Edgar

    on 07/09/19

    Our deepest condolences are extended to Mary Kay, their entire family, and their friends.

    John Shank was a very special person, John was a definition; of what a loving family man is in life. 

    I had the great pleasure to revisit with John and Mary Kay a couple years ago after almost 35 years of living out of state and what stuck me most about them both that afternoon was that they hadn't missed a step after all the years. John was still as happy as the day he waited to say I do, and as his 5-year old ring bear I can still remember this amazingly. 

    As a child spending many Thanksgivings and Christmas' at his parents home and John was always glued to watching "Da Bears" and having to be dragged to the dinner table by Aunt Elise to eat and him acting like he was going to miss seeing some historic NFL touchdown, lol. 

    Yes, John Shank was a very special person to many without question and our hearts are heavy.

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