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East Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens

1102 Airport Road, Bloomington, IL

OBITUARY

Douglas Charles Shankel

August 4, 1948April 21, 2020
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Douglas Shankel, 71 of Shirley passed away April 21, 2020. He was born August 4, 1948 to Charles and Dorothy (Kagel) Shankel. He is survived by several cousins and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, several aunts and uncles and cousins.

Doug had a Master of Science in Industrial Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in History from ISU. He was enlisted in the United States Army, he was a Specialist 5th Class. Doug did 2 tours in Vietnam as a crew member on a Huey Helicopter. He was awarded several medals and decorations. He worked as a laborer, foreman, union steward, officer and Field Director for Laborers Union Local 362.

Doug was very proud of his military service and was very involved with the Laborers Local 362 affairs. As well as working tirelessly for the Democratic Party and their candidates. His family remembers him as being a man of very diverse interests and talents. Doug enjoyed many different hobbies, a few were model railroading and collecting trains. Doug will be missed by his friends and family.

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday August 7, 2020 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington. Military honors will be held at 1:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made in Doug’s name to the local VFW or the McLean County Museum of History.

  • FAMILY

  • Charles Shankel (Dorothy Kagel Shankel), Father
  • Mr. Shankel was preceded in death by his parents, several aunts and uncles, and cousins.
    He is survived by several cousins and nieces and nephews.

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  • DONATIONS

  • VFW
  • McLean County Museum of History

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, August 7, 2020

  • Military Honors

    Friday, August 7, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Memorials Contributions may be made in Doug's name to: VFW 1006 E Lincoln Bloomington, IL 61701 or McLean County Museum of History 200 E Main St. Bloomington, IL 61701

Memories

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Jeff Detherage

May 2, 2020

I met Doug through my brother Mike back in the 70's. We worked together out of local 362 and hung out in pretty much the same circle. Doug was a handshake and smile each time we'd meet. We went to one of if not the first trip as a local to the Laborers training program to learn blueprint reading and specifications. We had a friendly competition for grades in a no grading class. Teachers pets we were. Later I started a railroad career and Doug loved getting any memento I could get for him. Doug, Mike and my brother Terry would talk about Vietnam and you could see and hear Dougs pride. I lost track of Doug over the years and am very sorry to learn of his passing. Heaven gained a fine man.

Dale C. Evans

April 26, 2020

A friend thru junior and senior high school. Remembered visiting his house with my late friend Gary Schmidt.

Michael Smith

April 26, 2020

Doug was a tenacious fighter for the working man. He helped me many times over the years at Local 751. Hoping he rest in peace.

Henry Gauwitz

April 26, 2020

Taught him many classes and worked with him for many happy years. Great friend and caring person. You will be missed.

Mike Matejka

April 26, 2020

Doug was a friend for almost 40 years. We met through the Laborers Hall; we did many projects together. He was a strong union member and understood what being a true union member meant. His knowledge of history -- of railroads, wars, Chinese dynasties and Russian politics had a depth few could equal. Doug had his way of doing things and was very clear about that, but would help one in anyway he could. He was proud of his military service -- he's one of the few people I know who re-enlisted for a second term while in Viet Nam. We worked together on the State Farm corporate addition, riding to work in his old 1957 Pontiac. Later Doug was hired by the Foundation for Fair Contracting, which policed employers who were not treating workers fairly. We worked in the same office. We joked that if Doug was on your case, give up now, because his thorough investigation would turn up even more. I'd like to thank Tom Korn, Ed Moore, Dick Kellerhals, Mark Hitzner and other Doug friends. We brought him food, good cheer and helped with errands. This past year was very rough on him and frustrating -- he still wanted to get out and enjoy the things he liked -- train shows, garage sales -- but just couldn't. I know I will miss the phone calls that came at least every other day, sometimes every day. A good soldier, a true Laborer and a scholar -- my friend Doug. The photo here is from Iowa City, where Doug insisted I take his picture in the amusement park train.

Tom & Lynda McLaughlin

April 24, 2020

Your pain is now gone, Doug, so rest in peace

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