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Thomas Michael "Shorty" Shank

1939 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Thomas Michael "Shorty" Shank Obituary
Thomas Michael "Shorty" Shank, 72, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, in Las Cruces. He was born June 24, 1939, in Johnstown, Pa., to Robert Smiley and Alice Rebecca (Miller) Shank.
Mr. Shank served in the United States Air Force and retired as a staff sergeant. After retirement he became a missal instructor at Kirtland Air Force Base.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert Smiley Shank Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Shank, of Alamogordo; children Gail Pressey and her husband, Bryan, of Carlsbad, James and his wife, Deb, of Rapid City, S.D., and Ronald and his wife, Julie, of Tucson, Ariz.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mr. Shank is also survived by his brother George Shank and his wife, Coleen, of Nanty Glo, Pa.; sister Judy and her husband, Garry Rose, of Johnstown, Pa.; and brothers-in-law Edward W. and his wife, Juanita Clark, of Tucson, and Michael and his wife, Torey Clark, of Farmington.
A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at Faith Baptist Church with Jeff Hodges officiating. The family will greet friends following the service.
The Shank family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place at PCS. To sign the online register book, please visit
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 18 to Feb. 18, 2012
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