DANVILLE — Larry Shanks, 74, of Danville, passed away at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.
He was born July 18, 1939, in Danville, to Ray and Jane Sowers Shanks.
He was married to Barbara Howard on June 27, 1959, in Danville. After Barbara’s death in 1990, Larry Married Alice Jameson on Aug. 29, 1998. Alice survives.
He also is survived by his daughters, Pamela (Steven) Guess, Laura (Bryan Corn) Shanks, and Michelle (Kenny Gaddis) Gillum of Clemont, GA; step-daughters, Carrie Freeland and Alice (Chuck) Lomax; brothers, Marlin (Barbara) Shanks, James (Betty) Shanks of Bourbonnais, and Gale Shanks of Arcola; his grandchildren, Christopher and Rebecca Guess, Kyle Collum, Destin and Kerstin Gillum, Samantha and Jessica Corn; and his step-grandchildren, Tad (Tiffany) Freeland, Erin (Ryan) Wells and Corey Lomax.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, and his parents
Larry completed his apprenticeship through Towne Machine Tool Co. and through Bohn Aluminum & Brass Co., where he worked as a toolmaker for many years. He became an engineer and completed certification as a certified manufacturing engineer in the field of general manufacturing engineering in 1986. He ended his working career and retired from Lenox-Heat Craft in Danville.
He also was a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Larry holds a U.S. atent dated 7-27-99 for a Heat Exchanger Fin with Enhanced Corrugations.
He participated in professional bass fishing tournaments and had published articles on bass fishing. Active member of the Bass Club for many years fishing in tournaments throughout Illinois and Indiana; and he continued to enjoy bass fishing in Florida with his friend Roger. Larry served his country in the National Guard: Troop A First Recon Squadron 106th Calvary; honorable discharge in 1965. Larry also enjoyed trap and skeet shooting for many years with his wife, Barbara and his father-in-law Ernie Howard.
Larry attended Second Church of Christ. Throughout his life was an active member of other churches and participated in many church activities: such as kids summer camps, choir, serving on advisory boards. He became a lay minister during his years and enjoyed the opportunity to teach others. He took Chuckles to all of the children every week. Larry also was a member of the Danville Boat Club and enjoyed his friendships made there as well as the “breakfast club” at Steak and Shake.
A celebration of Larry’s life will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday July 31, at Sunset Funeral Home with Drew Mentzer officiating and burial at Sunset Memorial Park. A visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday July 30, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville.
Memorials may be made in Larry’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be left at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.