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Obituary of Ronald J Shank
Ronald (Ronnie) Joseph Shank passed away on Tuesday, December 14th at his home in Casa Grande, Arizona. He was 83.
Ronnie was born to John and Lucy Shank on July 7, 1938 in a farm house near New Cambria, Kansas. He lived his childhood on a farm near Niles, Kansas, where he attended school in a one-room schoolhouse across the road from his family home. Ronnie graduated from Solomon High School in 1956. Ronnie was a hard-working wheat farmer who spent more than 50 years working through the hot summers and cold Kansas winters. In addition to his own fields, he oversaw and operated the fertilizer operations for New Cambria Grain. He retired in 2007. Ronnie was an accomplished trap shooter. As a teen he learned that although he was left-handed he was right-eye dominant so he taught himself how to shoot from the right side. He went on to win many central Kansas shooting competitions and traveled as far as Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona to compete. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, growing tomatoes and watching NASCAR on Sundays. Ronnie could fix anything. He could be found many weekends tinkering in his garage.
He had one son, Tracey Shank from a previous marriage. Ron married Karola Kost, the love of his life, in 1975, they were married 46 beautiful years. They were long-time Salina residents who eventually moved to Casa Grande, Arizona, in 2016 to enjoy retirement and be near family including Ronnie’s life-long friend and sister Patty Tullis.
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Ronnie was a kind humble respected man and loving husband who will be dearly missed. He is survived by his wife and best friend Karola Shank, sister Patty Tullis, Mesa, Arizona, son Tracey Shank, Kansas City, Missouri, daughter-in law Susan Shank, stepson Roger Kost, Wichita, Kansas, and stepdaughter Tina Judkins, La Mirada, California. He is also survived by his grandchildren Harrison Shank, Quincy Shank, Taja Judkins,
Timmy Judkins and his niece Shelly Denton, Mesa Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Lucy Shank and by his stepson Troy Kost.