John Emmett Shanck II

FORT WORTH, Texas - John Emmett Shanck II (Jack), of Fort Worth, Texas, died Dec. 17, 2013, after a brief illness. He was 86 years old.

Jack was a native of Columbus, Ohio. He was the son of Max and Ethel (Hogan) Shanck, born on Dec. 27, 1926. His Bexley High School class of 1944 was graduated early so the young men could serve in World War II. Jack served briefly in the Philippines in the U.S. Army, returning to Columbus to graduate from the Ohio State University, where he was a member of the TKE fraternity, in 1950.

During college he met and married Phyllis Zeiher (BSN, OSU 1950). Jack's love of aviation led him to join the Air Force, and the couple lived in Oklahoma and Texas during his flight training.

Jack's last active duty posting was in Bermuda, where he flew as a Hurricane Hunter at Kindley AFB.

Jack left active duty and began flying for Pan American World Airways in 1955. He was based in New York and was a Boeing 707 captain when he retired. He and his family lived in Sparta, N.J., from 1959 to 1986, when he and his wife, Phyllis, retired to Fort Worth, Texas.

During his years of living in New Jersey, Jack also served in the Rhode Island Air National Guard, retiring in 1974 as a lieutenant colonel.

Jack was a Mason, a member of the Bexley, Ohio, lodge. He also was a member of the Clipper Pioneers, the Airline Pilots Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

John Shanck is survived by his wife of 65 years, Phyllis, and their three daughters: Carole Broyles of Arlington, Texas, Chris Aldrin (Carl) of Burlison, Texas, and Kathy Thompson (Bud) of Greenville, S.C. He also is survived by eight grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, Max and Ethel Shanck; a beloved uncle, Roy B. Shanck; his brother, Robert B. Shanck; and his only son, John Emmett Shanck Jr.

A graveside service with military honors will take place at a later date at the National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.

Published in The New Jersey Herald on Jan. 26, 2014