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William Shank

William H. "Buzz" Shank III

Saturday, January 19th, 1935 - Sunday, May 3rd, 2020
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Obituary

William Henry Shank III (Buzz) passed away on May 3, 2020 at The Shook Home,
Chambersburg. He was 85.
Buzz is survived by his wife, Margaret Ann Shank (Peggy), the love of his life. Their love and
friendship was evident to all who knew them and as the winds blow along the trees by the James
River in Williamsburg, Virginia, their love will surely live on in this place they visited to dream
and refresh.
A graduate of Chambersburg schools and Gettysburg College, Buzz entered the United States
Air Force after college and served in Germany for 3 years. He was a recipient of the bronze
medal by the Chapel of the Four Chaplains in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania in recognition of
outstanding service to all people regardless of race or faith.
A true Chambersburg boy, he loved to tell stories about his childhood. The West End fields
where he played endless games as a youth became the site of the home where he raised his
family. He was outgoing and well liked, evidenced by his peers selecting him as president of his
class and the glee club, even though he had trouble carrying a tune. He loved the game of
basketball, playing both in high school and the Air Force, and loved watching his Tar Heels.
Buzz started his career with the United Telephone Company and moved onto other endeavors
such as real estate and owning a restaurant before settling into the job he loved most,
Chambersburg Tax Collector. Countless are the stories of visitors who loved to stop and visit
Buzz.
A member of First United Methodist Church for over 40 years, Buzz faithfully served as a
Sunday School teacher and particularly loved serving as head usher. An active member of his
community, Buzz served as the chairman of the Franklin County Industrial Development
Authority, board member of South Mountain Restoration Center, elected member of Republican
State Committee, and a 50 year member of the George Washington Lodge 143. A lifelong
interest in the Civil War culminated in his authorship of a book about General Meade, “Yes, I
Was There.”
What mattered most was family. Buzz adored being a husband, father and Paw Paw. In addition
to his wife, Buzz is survived by his daughter, Mary Beth Shank (husband John McPaul), son
Kevin Tanger (wife Amy) and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents,
William and Rosemary Shank and his son, David Tanger.
A private family service will be held with inurnment in the Norland Cemetery Mausoleum. A
celebration of life will be planned at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the
Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg. Condolences may be shared on his page at
geiselfuneralhome.com.
COVID-19 is very real to families who have lost a loved one. The family wishes to thank the
Shook Home for their loving care of our husband and father during these unprecedented times.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 225 S. Second
Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201 or to the Resident Fund or Employee Retention Fund c/o The
Shook Home, 55 S. Second Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201, which brings joy to residents and
those who care for them.
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Edward Wentz

Posted at 06:06pm
To Buzz's immediate and extended family of loved ones, we offer heartfelt sympathy.
We will remember his warm and welcoming smile.
In God's love and ours, Ed and Karen Wentz.
EL

Elaine Lovell

Posted at 11:43am
Buzz was kind, sweet and a true gentleman. Buzz will be missed by all who had the pleasure to know him. He loved his family and friends and always had a gleam in his eye for Peggy. We will remember mostly our families dinner discussions and celebrations.
The pictures the family posted tells a lot about the man. Buzz will be missed, but we know as faithful followers of our Lord, he is free from pain and resting peacefully. Love and sympathy to the family, Elaine Worley Lovell and husband Jeff Lovell

Jennifer Lucas Pond

Posted at 11:39am
Dear Mrs. Shank, Mary Beth and Kevin: You have our very deepest condolences on the passing of your beloved husband and father. Mr. Shank was such a dear man and we all so many fond memories of him. Praying for God's comfort and peace for all of you.
~ Jen (Lucas) Pond
JI

John Ile

Posted at 08:13am
To Peggy and family, I want to express my sympathy to you and your family. May the God of all comfort supply your every need. He was such a nice man who wanted to be a friend to all.
John Ile
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Brigitte Huffman

Posted at 09:05pm
I’ll bet there are no Buzz Shank pictures without a smile! The man was joy and contentment personified. The world is lesser because he isn’t here. Our deepest sympathies to the Shank, Tanger & McPaul families.
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