E. Titus Shenk, 98, dairy farmer, 66-year deacon

By on June 1, 2011

E. Titus Shenk, 98, a resident of Fairmount Homes, Ephrata, went home peacefully to be with the Lord Friday, June 3, 2011 after a short illness.

He was born on July 23, 1912 in West Cocalico Township, son of the late Harry and Elsie (Fahnestock) Shenk.

After working for his dad in the feed business, Titus went into dairy farming in northern Lancaster County. After retiring from farming in 1970, he moved to Ephrata and spent a few years working for Rupp Tire and Akron Nursery.

Mr. Shenk was married to Lillian C. (Reber) Shenk, his wife for 74 years. She died February 7, 2008.

He was the oldest member of the Richland Church of the Brethren where he was placed as a deacon at the age of thirty-two. He enjoyed his family, church activities and vegetable gardening. During his later retirement years, he traveled with his wife to Sebring, Fla., for the winter months. After moving to Fairmount, he spent time cutting patches for Mennonite Material Resource Center, which were used to make comforters. He enjoyed reading and had a remarkably sharp memory for dates, times and events.

Surviving are two daughters: Arlene, wife of Edward Ginder, Lititz; and Barbara, wife of Kenneth Swank, Hesston, Kan.; 20 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Titus was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian, three children: a son, Vernon; and two daughters, Lenora Haldeman and LaVerne Mentzer; a granddaughter, Faye Gianesin; a brother, Paul Shenk; and a sister, Ruth Lundquist.

Funeral services were held at the Richland Church of the Brethren on June 9. Interment followed in the Cocalico Kurtz Cemetery.

The family requests memorial contributions in Titus’s name be sent to Mercy Ships International, P.O. Box 2020, Garden Valley, TX 75771.

Arrangements were made by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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