Robert “Peck” Shank, 90, of Elizabethtown passed away peacefully Saturday March 18, 2023 at Hospice and Community Care of Mount Joy. He was the son of the late Paul and Ruth (Eckert) Shank. A Graduate of Elizabethtown High School, where he played baseball, a game he loved. He served in the U.S. Navy a very short time but was discharged when they learned he had surgery on his feet. A surgery for childhood arthritis that placed him in Crippled Children’s Hospital for close to a year! His career was a manager in the PA State Liquor Stores for 30 years. His very 1st job was delivering newspapers and in retirement he circled back delivering bundles of all printed materials except the Lancaster New Era to many businesses in Southern Lancaster County 7 days a week for 10 years. Every day he would get up at 2:00am and finish at 6:00am meeting the center crew at then Country Table restaurant, where he was loved by all the staff and waitresses.
He was an avid sports fan, especially his beloved Notre Dame, and had incredible amount of knowledge of all sports. He had made 16 trips to South Bend Indiana to see The Fighting Irish !! He played baseball or softball well into his 50’s and coached many teams over the years. He actually started the 1st slow pitch softball league in Lancaster County. He was also a PIAA Certified Umpire.
Most people know Robert as “Peck”, a nickname he earned from a 1920’s movie “ Pecks Bad Boy ” . Someone in the family gave him that name and it stuck. He was a devout Catholic and member of St Peter’s Catholic Church for over 70 years. He was active in many community organizations besides coaching, the American Legion, Vets, Knights of Columbus and Loyal Order of the Moose where he served as an Administrator for several years.
He loved spending time with his daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by Karen Keener (Richard) of Mount Joy, Barbara Shank of Elizabethtown. Grandchildren Danielle Crum, Dylan Sauder and great grandchildren Ashton, Destiny, Myasia, and Kylah.
He was preceded in death by Vivian A. (Cornelius) Shank wife of 25 years, brothers Richard E. and Edward R. Shank.
Services will be held Friday March 24, 2023 at Miller-Finkenbinder Funeral Home. 130 North Market Street, Elizabethtown, PA 17022. Friends are invited to visitation 10:00 AM with a service to follow at 11:00 AM.
Graveside services will be private.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Robert’s memory may be made to Hospice and Community Care.
Arrangements have been entrusted with Miller-Finkenbinder Funeral Home.
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