Paul Shonka

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Paul L. "Pudge" Shonka, 84, of Tripoli, died Wednesday evening, September 22, 2010, at the Tripoli Nursing Home of natural causes. Paul was born June 3, 1926 in Masonville, the son of Paul and Laura (Hearn) Shonka Sr. He was baptized at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Masonville. Paul attended school in rural Brandon through the 8th grade. From June 11, 1944 until May 22, 1946, Paul served with the U.S. Navy during WWII. On Nov. 17, 1947, Paul was united in marriage to LaDonna M. Hogan in Jesup. Paul worked for Warren Collins Trucking, various farmers and John Deere Tractor Works. He then began farming in the Jesup area until 1956, when they moved to a farm in rural Tripoli. Paul farmed until 1988 when he retired. LaDonna died Jan. 10, 1990, and Paul remained on the farm until he became a resident of the Tripoli Nursing Home in February. Paul is survived by his 9 children and their spouses; Marleen (Bob) Tonne of Tripoli, Charleen (Dave) Bolte of Tripoli, Larry (Janice) Shonka of Sumner, Dianne (Pat) Norton of Clarksville, Dean Shonka of Tripoli, Ken Shonka (special friend, Sonja Galligan) of Sumner, Dale (Becky) Shonka of Tripoli, Kevin (Sue) Shonka of Tripoli, Karen (Tom) Kuhlmann of Tripoli, one son-in-law, Jerry (Kathy) Meyer of Tripoli; 29 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren; two sisters, Ivadel (Lyle) Luloff of Independence and Dottie Cleghorn of Waterloo; and a sister-in-law, LouDene Neverman of Jesup. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, LaDonna in 1990, a daughter, Joan Meyer in 1998, one son, Richard Shonka in 1954, grandson, Steve Bolte and two brothers-in-law, Claire Neverman and Don Cleghorn. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Waverly. Burial will be in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Waverly with military graveside rites conducted by the American Legion Post #176. There will be a public scripture service at 2 p.m. on Sunday and visitation from 3 until 7 p.m. Sunday at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family where a memorial fund will be established at a later date. Online condolences for Paul may be left at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is assisting the family.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Sept. 24 to Sept. 27, 2010
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