Orval M. Shank

Orval M. Shank, 93, of Harrisonburg, Va., died March 22, 2023.

He was born Aug. 14, 1929, in Rockingham County, the son of Wade H. Shank and Vada S. Shank. He grew up in the counties of Augusta and Rockingham.

On Sept. 30, 1949, he married Dorothy J. Yoder Shank, who survives. They were married 73 years.

He was a follower of Jesus since early in his life. He served others, notably as a leader for several decades at Elkton Mennonite Church, with 14 of those years as pastor. He and Dorothy served together in a stewardship teaching ministry to Mennonite Church USA and additionally on two trips to Trinidad.

He was employed at Rockingham Construction Co. for 37 years. He began as an accountant and later was instrumental in the founding and managing of Special Fleet Service until his retirement in

  1. At work and in his daily life, his commitment to honesty and integrity were exemplary.

In retirement, he enjoyed woodworking, especially turning bowls on his lathe. Family and friends treasure these gifts made by his hands.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, David (Cynthia) Shank, Richard (Sharon) Shank and Sheldon (Lois) Shank; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Evonne Shank Showalter.

He was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Gerald W. Showalter and Lynford D. Miller; and a sister-in-law, Ruth C. Yoder.

Memorial services were held at Ridgeway Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg. Memorial contributions may be made to Virginia Mennonite Board of Missions or Habitat for Humanity.



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