Jesse “Ed” Shank

July 18, 1935 ‒ March 10, 2018

Delaware, Ohio

Jesse “Ed” Shank, age 82 of Delaware passed away Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Grady Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Union County on July 18, 1935 to the late Allen and Carrie (Kroninger) Shank. A US Army veteran, he retired as a supervisor with Pen Walt.

Ed was a member of the McDonald’s and Wendy’s Coffee Club’s, made daily visits to the Delaware Library, and had been a member of the Delaware Moose, Eagle’s, AMVETS, and V.F.W. He was a fan of all Ohio Wesleyan University sports and with a grin was greeted with a cheer from the OWU cheerleaders during his recent illness while in the hospital. He also cheered on the Buckeye Valley sports teams, just as he did those of his grandchildren.

Regimented and selfless, he was easy to be friend and never forgot a name. Ed made it a point to attend every event of his grandchildren, from hog and horse shows to OWU softball. He was at his best enjoying the activities of his grandchildren and family. He was a true Grandpa to many more than his own.

Ed is survived by his step-daughter and care provider: Jackie (Bill) Blair of Radnor, step-son: Kenny (Sara) Bensley and family of Delaware, grandchildren including: Wendy (Jaramie) Meyers, Billie Jo Blair (Cory), Tammy Jo (Matt) Lavish, several great-grandchildren including Izzy, Ryleigh, Taylor, AJ, and Grayson, as well as dear friend Pete Vining and countless others.

Friends may call 5:00 – 8:00 pm Tuesday at Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. at W. William St., Delaware, Ohio 43015. Graveside services will be held 10:00 Wednesday at Fairview Cemetery in Ostrander with Celebrant Marvin Hintz officiating.

Memorial contributions can be made to the athletic departments of either Buckeye Valley High School or Ohio Wesleyan University.

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  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Jesse was a wonderful man, always smiling and ever so kind. He always found ways to be on the go, stay busy and was so loyal to the local schools. He loved watching the Blair girls and I always enjoyed seeing him at BV GAMES.

    I’m sure his family will miss him. Thinking of you, Jackie.

  • Sincere sympathy for your loss of A Dear man. Enjoyed every time we met and always a smile.and a hug. Hirse shows at the Fairgrounds will ever be the same. Rest in peace and Thank You for your friendship. Diane

  • My deepest sympathies to you and your family, Jackie. I sat with Jesse at numerous Hayes football and basketball games. I really enjoyed those special times.

  • I will miss my cousin Eddie .He always was a nice person, growing up around him at our family gatherings ,he always had a smile was great with us 3 kids ,I will miss you .Debbie Kroninger Votaw

  • We are sorry for you loss. We loved Ed. He always had a smile on his face.
    Ride high on the wings of an angle.

  • Oh, Jesse, I will miss our chats through the years, starting with the King & Queen lunches at McD’s! ! And our trips to high school plays! God bless you, my friend
    Kathi Paullin

  • You will surely be missed at Wendy’s. George would say “Here comes Sarge”
    Always a smile when coming in. So glad to be able to visit you at Grady.
    Miss you. Sincerely, Arlene Wallace

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