OBITUARY

Richard Edward Shanks

March 10, 1923April 25, 2018
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Richard (Dick) Edward Shanks Dick Shanks, 95, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, went home to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, dying peacefully in his sleep, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. He was born in Davenport, Washington in 1923, to Alpha and Mattie Shanks, attended Davenport High School and Business College in California. Dick was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, a son, grandson, and great-grandson. He is survived by his cherished wife of 33 years, Lillian (Bowker) Shanks; three daughters, Nancy (Ron) Canyon, Loretta (Jerry) Etchison; and Michelle (Thad) Detillion, and a son Michael (Sharon) Shanks; five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Dick Shanks was a WWII Navy Pilot and the founder and president of five different businesses over his lifetime, including Industrial Instrument Supply, Automation Products, Pantrol, Fasteners, Able Label. As a community member, he served as the President of the Spokane Central Lions Club from 1968-1969 and helped many struggling to find work. He was the dedicated founder and lay minister for Able Ministries, making several trips to Ghana, West Africa. Beginning in 2000, he started and set up Good News Centers, where the Gospel of Jesus Christ was shared, and received by millions. Dick Shanks was known for his giving nature. He prayed with people when in crisis and dropped off boxes of food at the holidays to families in need. Often a stranger was invited to dinner at Thanksgiving. He was a playful trickster and fondly nicknamed “Funny Grandpa” by his grandchildren. He played Santa Claus at Christmas and sang Happy Birthday off-key at celebrations. He invented a toy, The Twist & Twirl, and made a record of the moon launch: Apollo 11. Handing out two dollar bills torn from a pad was one of his favorite offerings. His passion was handing out packets of Grandma’s Cookies at churches, fire stations, and the mission, with the message of Salvation. Special thanks to his caregivers Julie Peterson, Patty Wolf, Joy Jasso, Patty Olson, Izzy Gust, Shelbie McKenzie, Judy Bolinger, and Sarah Schelin. A Celebration of Dick’s life will be held on May 5, at 1 pm, at Valley Fourth Memorial Church, 2303 S Bowdish, Spokane Valley, WA 99206. Dick’s favorite color was red. If you would like to wear red in his honor please feel free to do so. In lieu of flowers if you would like to send a donation please send to Able Ministries, 312 N Mullan Road, Spokane Valley 99206.

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  • Memorial Celebration Saturday, May 5, 2018
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Annie McPeek

May 16, 2018

Dick was always good for a fun prank. My favorite was at birthdays when he decorated sponges for the cake and then laugh hysterically when the person whose birthday it was could not cut their cake! Also many fun road trips and sleepovers with Michelle.

Patrick Geraghty

May 3, 2018

Good 'ol Shick "Alice Whistle Bottom" Danks and his Pride and Joy will forever be with me. Dick taught me so much about business, life, and always keeping the faith. There are many times in my life still today where I stop and say, "WWDSD (What would Dick Shanks do?)." He was such a good mentor and friend. Even these last few years, after Dick sold the business, he would call me about once a quarter and check in. It was a brief call, but it always reminded me that Dick was thinking of me and I could always feel his presence.

Dick and I only met a few times in person. In fact , the first time we met in person was at a fancy top floor rotating restaurant at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. Dick and his compadres walked off the elevator with their crazy wigs on and sat down and had a nice dinner amongst all of the finely dressed people in their business suits. Even with his "disguise", somehow, I immediately knew it was Dick. He always made us laugh and was quickly remembered by many in such a positive way.

The next time I met with Dick, he brought a bunch of puppets to our office and left them with the team. Those puppets were a constant reminder of Dick and always made us all smile (that and a picture of a bottle of Pride and a bottle of Joy). We use them to make others smile as well.

The other time I met up with Dick was in Anaheim CA. We had just eaten dinner together and were walking out. I turned back, and Dick is nowhere to be found. I finally find him at the table next to where we were sitting. He had sat down with the family was having a nice conversation and making the kids laugh. In most instances, people would be uncomfortable with a strange man joining their dinner table and sitting with their kids. Dick was amazing, and people did not think it was odd and they loved the fact he took the time to acknowledge them. He is the only person I know that could pull that off so successfully. A very special person.

Nancy Canyon

May 2, 2018

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Yvonne Halley

April 30, 2018

Richard was my mother's cousin. She was Lorinda .I could go on and on about the practical jokes and stories I have heard about Richard. But want to focus on his kind side. He was very attentive when mother was terminally ill. He wanted to do something special for her, so he rented a plane and pilot and they came here to Yakima. They picked mother up and flew around the Cascade Mts for an afternoon of sightseeing and laughter. It was such a great diversion from her failing health.
More importantly they talked about their faith in our Savior. They were close in many ways and now are arm in arm singing praises to God.
Blessings to Lil an shall family.

Vickie Mularski

April 30, 2018

Dick was a wonderful man. He will be missed. He always had a smile when I would see him at the baseball game. God Bless You All.

Shari Bowker

April 30, 2018

His brother-in-law and I met the year Lil and Dick married . We had a hard time remembering his name . He was so tall and thin and the gray to white hair we called him Orville Redenbacher. His first year in the Bowker Family he sent us a case of popcorn for Christmas.
He was also faithful to give Bibles to the churches his Brother-in-law pastored to share the good news of Christ. The Bowker Family sends our prayers and love to Lillian and the rest of the Shanks Family .

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Biography

Richard (Dick) Edward Shanks
Dick Shanks, 95, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, went home to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, dying peacefully in his sleep, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. He was born in Davenport, Washington in 1923, to Alpha and Mattie Shanks, attended Davenport High School and Business College in California. Dick was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, a son, grandson, and great-grandson. He is survived by his cherished wife of 33 years, Lillian (Bowker) Shanks; three daughters, Nancy (Ron) Canyon, Loretta (Jerry) Etchison; and Michelle (Thad) Detillion, and a son Michael (Sharon) Shanks; five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Dick Shanks was a WWII Navy Pilot and the founder and president of five different businesses over his lifetime, including Industrial Instrument Supply, Automation Products, Pantrol, Fasteners, Able Label. As a community member, he served as the President of the Spokane Central Lions Club from 1968-1969 and helped many struggling to find work. He was the dedicated founder and lay minister for Able Ministries, making several trips to Ghana, West Africa. Beginning in 2000, he started and set up Good News Centers, where the Gospel of Jesus Christ was shared, and received by millions. Dick Shanks was known for his giving nature. He prayed with people when in crisis and dropped off boxes of food at the holidays to families in need. Often a stranger was invited to dinner at Thanksgiving. He was a playful trickster and fondly nicknamed “Funny Grandpa” by his grandchildren. He played Santa Claus at Christmas and sang Happy Birthday off-key at celebrations. He invented a toy, The Twist & Twirl, and made a record of the moon launch: Apollo 11. Handing out two dollar bills torn from a pad was one of his favorite offerings. His passion was handing out packets of Grandma’s Cookies at churches, fire stations, and the mission, with the message of Salvation. Special thanks to his caregivers Julie Peterson, Patty Wolf, Joy Jasso, Patty Olson, Izzy Gust, Shelbie McKenzie, Judy Bolinger, and Sarah Schelin. A Celebration of Dick’s life will be held on May 5, at 1 pm, at Valley Fourth Memorial Church, 2303 S Bowdish, Spokane Valley, WA 99206. Dick’s favorite color was red. If you would like to wear red in his honor please feel free to do so. In lieu of flowers if you would like to send a donation please send to Able Ministries, 312 N Mullan Road, Spokane Valley 99206.