March 4, 2020 

    Robert M. Shank, 79 passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at the Veteran’s Hospital. He was born in Utica on July 12, 1940 to the late Clarence and Cora Shank. Bob is predeceased by his sister Marilyn Joyce Shank. Bob is survived by his brother William Shank (Karen) of N. Carolina, by his four children Elizabeth (Art Beilass), Maureen (Kevin Page), Carolyn (Tom Grady) and Peter Shank and six grandchildren Maggie, Kenny, Patrick, Ryan, Rebecca and Isaac along with a niece Meredith and nephew Chad. A life resident of the Chittenango area, he retired as a surveyor and received his fifty years of service award from the Operating Engineers Local #158. Bob is a proud Army veteran who served in Korea and is a graduate of the Ranger School in Wanakena, NY. Bob loved spending time with his family, being outdoors and was an Eagle Scout. Calling hours are 4:00- 7:00 pm Monday, March 9 at the G.F. Zimmer Funeral Home, 702 Legion Dr. Chittenango, NY. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at the First Presbyterian Church of Chittenango, 118 Arch St. Burial with military honors will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Chittenango. Memorial donations may be made in Robert Shank’s name to the Ranger School of Wakenena Alumni Association or the Bridgeport Food Pantry.


    On behalf of the entire NJROTC program at PSLA @ Fowler, we are saddened by your loss. We discussed Mr. Shank's great service to this country as a Ranger and Eagle Scout in each of our classes. Although none of us knew Mr. Shank, each cadet is encouraged and inspired by his love of country. Rest in peace Sir.


    Dear NJROTC students and staff, Thank you for your kind words and condolences. My father loved his Country and served in Korea with pride and love. He lived his life following the Boy Scout Oath and Motto. He earned his Eagle Scout at 17 years old and was very proud of that accomplishment. Thank you for delivering Valentine's Day cards to the VA Hospital and the residents. It was a thoughtful gesture and meant a lot to him. One of the cards decorated his room! Best of luck to each of you as move forward in serving within the NJROTC. Best regards, Elizabeth Bielass