Ernie L. Shank


Ernie L. Shank, Carthage, Mo., died January 31, 2019 at the age of 91.
Mr. Shank was born April 3, 1927 at home in Carthage. He was the son of the late William and Nora Shank. He graduated from Carthage High School in 1945, and joined the U.S. Navy. Ernie later went to Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa, and was recruited by Phog Allen to play basketball at Kansas University. He graduated from KU in 1950.
Ernie was a member of the Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was a presiding elder for many years and was a patriarch in the church. He also taught Sunday school classes, Bible classes and played the piano and organ.
He worked for the Steadley Co. for many years, Leggett & Platt, and in his later years, worked with his son at Pioneer Freight Systems, in Joplin, Mo.
Ernie was one of the original manager-coaches when Little League was started in Carthage in the 1950s. He continued into the Babe Ruth and Pony Leagues for many years. He was always active in different sports programs and supported local teams. Ernie loved all good music and especially the "Big Bands".
He married Patricia Harrington on November 22, 1952.
Survivors include his son, Mark Shank and wife, Brenda, of Joplin, and a daughter, Robin Bayless and husband, Jim, of Carthage. Ernie is also survived by nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. His wife, four brothers and one sister preceded him in death.
A memorial service will be held on February 23, 11 a.m. at Community of Christ Church, Joplin.
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home, Sperry, Okla.
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Published on February 9, 2019
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10 posts

Rhianba C.
Feb 23, 2019
So sorry for your loss.. He was a great great man. I wish I had got to know him better.
Bruce Yerry
Feb 22, 2019
Enjoyed many years with my friend, called him Uncle Fred, he was a twin to my Uncle. Sorry for the loss but know where he is and being able to see all his loved again.
Laura Minardi
Feb 21, 2019
Such a special man ❤️ he will be missed
Scott Garfield and Mother Bev
Feb 21, 2019
So sorry for your loss.
Beckie Hogan
Feb 21, 2019
I sure did love that man and his family. We shared a lot of interesting times through the church and reunions. He will be missed.
Thomas miller
Feb 21, 2019
Ernie was a awesome man. He will be missed
Roger Tracy
Feb 11, 2019
Wonderful Man and Friend
David,Beverly Tevebaugh
Feb 11, 2019
A Special Servant of the Lord and Friend Went to a well earned Rest. We will Miss him.
Donna Carter
Feb 10, 2019
Ernie was a special man who loved God and family. He will be missed by many friends and relatives.
Debbie McBrien
Feb 09, 2019
So sorry for your loss, he was one of the good ones. Know you all will miss him.