Robert "Bob" E. Shanks, 71, Brainerd, died Monday, March 29, 2004, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. He was born on Jan. 29, 1933, in Brainerd to Howard and Margaret (Gorton) Shanks. He graduated from Washington High School in 1951. He married Shirlee Van Geest on Dec. 27, 1952. They later divorced and he married June Morley on June 16, 1974. Upon their divorce he remarried Shirlee Shanks on Dec. 27, 1994. He was a U.S. Army veteran, drafted during the Korean War but stationed in Germany. From 1956 until 1970, he worked for Brainerd Heating Co. He owned and operated Bob's Heating and Air Conditioning Company from 1970 until he retired in 1994. He enjoyed deer hunting, bowling and playing softball.
He is survived by his wife, Shirlee of Brainerd; four sons, David (Lauri) of Moorhead, Minn., Michael of Brainerd, Tony (Mickey) of Crystal, and Terry of Brainerd; two daughters, Susie Forcier and Karen Shanks, both of Brainerd; grandchildren, David Shanks and Helena Shanks, both of Moorhead, Alyssa (Justin) Dunn of Byron, Ga., Jessica Shanks of Washington, D.C., Jimmy, Kristen, Michael and Kathryn Shanks, all of Brainerd, Aaron Forcier of Minneapolis, and Ryan Forcier of Brainerd; four great-grandchildren, Joshua, Abigail, Dante and Tayler; his brother, Dale Shanks of Baxter; and his sister, Carol (Marty) Boyd of Brainerd.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Dorothy Knoll.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, April 2, 2004, at 10 a.m. at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter with Pastor Daniel Werthman officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Brainerd with military graveside rites provided by American Legion Post No. 255 of Brainerd. Friends may call on Thursday, April 1, 2004, from 6-8 p.m. at Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements are with the Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home in Brainerd.
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