John Shenk

John Burnell Shenk, 91, of Lititz, Pa., formerly of East Petersburg, died March 28, 2022, at Landis Homes, where he and his wife, Myrtle, resided for over 14 years. Born in Penn Township, he was the son of Elam K. and Rhoda Charles Shenk and the husband of Myrtle Mann Brenneman Shenk for 65 years.


He graduated from Lancaster Mennonite School in 1948 and from Eastern Mennonite College in 1954. He was ordained in 1963 and served as a minister at East Petersburg Mennonite Church for 35 years. He also worked as administrator and counselor for the Sharing Programs of Lancaster Mennonite Conference for 36 years.

His interests outside of work were gardening, reading and home repair. He did everything with care, always wanting to do a task well, rarely in a hurry. He enjoyed visiting with many people and always gave them his careful attention. Whether as an employee or volunteer, his greatest passion was serving Jesus and others with humility through the church and numerous church agencies.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, Myrtle, are two sons, Carl E. (Lorna Beth Shantz) Shenk of Reinholds and Alan L. (Sharon Burkholder) Shenk of Waynesboro, Va.; a daughter, Audrey J. Shenk of Harrisonburg, Va.; three grandchildren; a brother, Charles E. Shenk of Goshen, Ind.; and two sisters, Alma J. Albrecht of Forest Grove, Ore., and Dorothy A. Shenk of Lititz.

A memorial service was held at East Petersburg Mennonite Church. Burial was at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543; or Mennonite Central Committee.

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