Charles E. Shenk, 91, of Goshen, Ind., formerly of Scottdale, Pa., died May 2, 2023, at Goshen Hospital. He was born Dec. 17, 1931, to Elam and Rhoda (Charles) Shenk in Lancaster County, Pa.
He married Marian H. Martin on Jan. 1, 1952. She preceeded him in death on Nov. 22, 2015.
They had three children, Sharon (Doug) Risser of Goshen, Jim (Rachel Shank) Shenk of Goshen, and Jerry (Audra Sprunger) Shenk of Scottdale; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He is survived by sisters Alma (E. J.) Albrecht of Forest Grove, Ore., and Dorothy Shenk of Lititz, Pa. An older brother, John (Myrtle) Shenk, died in March 2022.
Charles was employed at Provident Book Store in Lancaster before moving his family in 1970 from Lititz to Scottdale to manage all the Provident Bookstores in the United States and Canada. In 1982 he purchased the local hardware store and managed it until 1996. Upon retiring from retail, he was licensed in 1997 and ordained in 2000 by Allegheny Mennonite Conference. He pastored at Kingview and Scottdale Mennonite churches as well as Blough and Crossroads Mennonite churches in the Johnstown area.
As time passed, Charles needed help caring for Marian, so they moved to Waterford Crossing, Goshen, in 2015. They made Eighth Street Mennonite Church their home congregation. Charles enjoyed time with his Goshen family as well as men’s Bible studies, discussion groups and activities with the Waterford community.
A memorial service is planned for 3 p.m. June 4 at Waterford Crossing Meeting Room, 1212 Waterford Circle, Goshen.