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Fred E. Shank, age 61, of Delta, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, at his home. He was born in Bowling Green, Ohio on May 18, 1953, to the late Fred F. Shank and Mildred (Whalen) Shank. Fred was a 1971 graduate of Delta High School. During school he helped plant flowers for Dunbar Gardens in Delta and after graduating worked at Dunbar Manufacturing in Swanton. He later married Thelma Jones and she preceded him in death.
Fred owned the Eastern Gardens Restaurant for many years until retiring. He later volunteered at local food pantries and enjoyed spending time raising animals with his grandchildren and attending farm auctions with his family.
Fred is survived by his son, Fred F. (Jennifer) Shank II; sister, Dorothy (Kevin) Cordle; grandchildren, Derek and Skyler Shank, and canine companion, Tyson.
Friends will be received from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Barnes Funeral Chapel, 5825 St Hwy 109 in Delta. A funeral service celebrating Fred's life will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday also at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Neapolis. In lieu of flowers, those wishing an expression of sympathy are asked to consider contributions to the family to assist with final expenses c/o Fred F. Shank II. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our website at
Barnes Funeral Chapel
5825 State Hwy 109
Delta, OH 43515
Published in Toledo Blade on July 22, 2014