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In Memorium - Dave Shenk

Dave with a nice steelhead

Dave was only with DTU for a few years, but in that time became a very active member, participating in numerous functions. Dave shared many samples of his unique flies with DTU members and the only string attached was that the flies were to be 'tested' and the results recorded. This was just one of the many ways he demonstrated his generosity and friendship. He had recently and enthusiastically joined the board as Program Chairman, where all who worked with him came quickly to like him and value his contributions. We will miss him.

David R. Shenk, 67, of Lancaster, at his residence, unexpectedly went home to be with the Lord, on Saturday, November 24, 2012. Born in Atlantic City, NJ, he is the son of Grace H. Rock Shenk, Lititz and the late Paul D. Shenk. He was married to Jan Cutaiar Shenk. Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are his children, Christopher (Amy Allison) Shenk, Pottsville, PA, Bryan Shenk, Lititz, Adrianne (Francesco) Caporusso, Lititz; stepchildren, James (Jenifer Cole) Stewart, Fredericksburg, VA, Robert (Wendy Fralich) Stewart, Landisville, Jacques Decaire, Ft. Walton Beach, FL; 8 grandchildren, Daniel, Rebecca, Caleb, Gia, Catherine (Belle), Alex, Julia, Sylvia; a brother, Dale P. (Pennelope) Shenk, Albuquerque, NM and a sister, Mary Grace (Ronald P.) Youtz, Palmyra.

David was a graduate of Ephrata High School and Alvernia College with a degree in business management. He was a veteran of the Viet Nam War serving in the Air Force. He was a postal clerk with the US Postal Service, retiring in 2009 and a substitute teacher for I.U. 13. Dave was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting, but his passion was fly-fishing. He designed and tied flies for fishing, demonstrating them in the U.S., Canada and Italy. His innovative flies won him a master's award in England. He was passionate about sharing and teaching the sport of fly tying and fishing.

Another passion was art. Dave was a talented painter and helped many others in that field. He enjoyed gardening and was skilled at raising flowers. Dave was an excellent chef and everyone wanted his secret recipe for cakes he made. He was a member of Trout Unlimited, Canada, Trout Unlimited, Donegal Chapter, where he was a board member, the AMVETS, American Legion, and an associate member of the Canadian Royal Legion. Dave attended Grace Baptist Church of Lancaster.