HAMPTON - CMSgt (Ret) Robert N. Shank passed away peacefully Friday Oct. 25th 2014. He is predeceased by his beloved sons Randy and Duane, parents Nelson and Cecile Shank, sister Jeanne, nephew Steven Shank, in-laws John Lee & Inez Mitchell, Dorothy Stockard, Donald Mitchell and nephew Don Mitchell. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Jean Mitchell Shank, daughter Robin Lynn Truman and grandson Mitchell Lee Truman, daughter-in-law Nannette Vied-Brown and her daughters Nielle Brown, Sydne Brown and Alexandra Garland, also by his brothers, Bernard (Nancy) Shank, Fern (Donna) Shank, sisters, Julie (Luc) Bellmare and Suzanne Shank. He will be remembered lovingly as 'Uncle Bob' by his nieces, Elizabeth Greenburg, Louise (Larry), Catherine (Jeff) Sloan, Lisa (Tim) Britten, Lucy (Albert) Gateau, Nicole (Al) Fielding, Angele Shank, Roxanne Shank, and Stephanie Shank and all their children. Bob joined the Air Force in 1950 and was stationed in Guam, Okinawa, Scott AFB, Ill. where he met Jean and where Randy was born, Albrook AFB Panama, where Duane was born, Pope AFB N.C., where Robin was born, Langley AFB Va. and Lajas AFB, Azores. He retired in 1979 as the Commandant of the NCO Leadership School at Langley where he had started as an instructor in 1962. Bob received many awards throughout his military career but the one he was most proud of was being the first NCO to receive a Jimmy Doolittle Leadership Award for his accomplishments at the Leadership school. Upon retiring he went back to school and received his BA in Human Resources Administration from St. Leo University. Bob then went back to work as a supervisor in the TRADOC Training Documentation at Ft. Eustis. He retired again in 1993 to spend time with his grandson and play golf at the Eagles Golf Course at Langley where he also worked part time as a starter. He traveled with Jean and Mitchell often until his health started to fail him. We will celebrate his life Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 3-4 PM when the family will receive friends at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home 245 S. Armistead Ave. Hampton, Va. A memorial service with full Military Honors will follow at 4 PM. Everyone is encouraged to come by after services to his wake at his and Jean's home. The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made in his honor to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
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Published in Daily Press on Oct. 30, 2013