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Valdo W. Shankel

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Valdo W. Shankel Obituary
Oct. 31, 1936 - Oct. 16, 2013
Valdo W. Shankel, age 76, of Wheeler, passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at the Mid-Michigan Medical Center-Alma.
Valdo was born October 31, 1936 in Wheeler the son of William "Lloyd" and Lillian (Helfer) Shankel at the family homestead. He graduated from Breckenridge High School in 1955. Valdo married Nancy Rhoads on July 20, 1957 at the Edgewood Church of God. He started working for Dow Chemical after high school and after his marriage he owned, with his father-in-law, Merle and brother-in-law, David, Rhoads and Shankel Hardware. Later Valdo, worked for L and Q Chevrolet and retired from Garber Chevrolet in Midland. He was a member of the Breckenridge United Methodist Church, former chairman of the Breckenridge/Wheeler Fire Rescue Board and Masonic Lodge 406. He enjoyed farming, hunting and spending time with his family at their cottage on Houghton Lake.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Nancy of Wheeler; daughters, Lorri (Rich) Tupica of Wheeler, Lynda (Dennis) Varner of Midland, Julie (Kyle) Bolt of Wheeler; 11 grandchildren Rachel (Shawn) May, Michael (Jaime) Krueger, Sarah Krueger, Sarah (Jeremy) Berard, Angie (Alex) Mirkhani, Rachael (David) Wyman, Richard Tupica, Derek Varner, Katie Varner, Garrett Bolt, Justine Bolt and 4 great grandchildren Caleb May, Lillian May, Lucas Fisher and Adelaide Varner.
Valdo was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Aaron Varner; brothers, Richard and Larry Shankel.
Funeral Services will be held Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Breckenridge United Methodist Church with Pastor Paul Thomas officiating. Interment will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Breckenridge. Visitation will be held Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Lux and Whiting Funeral Chapel, Breckenridge. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Breckenridge United Methodist Church, or Wishes of the Family.
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Published in The Morning Sun on Oct. 18, 2013
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