August 26, 2009
Charles E. Shanklin
1929 – 2009
Charles E. Shanklin died August 26, 2009 at his home with his family and caregiver Peter Ianuzzi surrounding him. Charles was born in Oak Park, Illinois to Lester W. Shanklin and Charlotte (Mayer) Shanklin. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Lester and brother Denny, sister Billie and daughter Janet Megan Shanklin. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Bernice (Rawlings) Shanklin, sons Chuck, John and Tom (Myra) Shanklin, and daughters Jean Brooks and Ann Shields and sister Carroll Jean (Robert) Favero. Charles was grandfather to Megan (Curtis) Burns, Tom (Lori) Gustafson, Jan Shanklin, David Mosher, Richard Gustafson, Laura Beth Shanklin, Jamie Shanklin, Molly Mosher, Weston Shanklin, Lesley Gustafson, Leigh Ann Shanklin, Janet Sanders, and Charlotte Brooks. He was great grandfather to Camdyn Burns and Uncle to many nephews and nieces.
Charles was educated at Bowling Green State University and Ohio State University where he earned the Juris Doctor in December 1952. He was a lawyer and managing partner of Baker & Hostetler in Columbus Ohio for thirty two years before his retirement. He then became owner and manager of Marion Steel in Marion, Ohio from 1981 to 1989. He purchased Crestview Aerospace in Crestview Florida in 1990 and operated his family business until 2006. The past three years he was involved in planning several businesses in Andalusia, Alabama. He enjoyed his winter months in Vieques, Puerto Rico.
During his life he met, served and worked with many people and organizations such as Bowling Green State University, Sigma Chi Fraternity, National Republican Party, Ohio Republican Party, American Bar Association, Urbana University and Niceville Exchange Club. He was awarded Director Emeritus of BGSU in 2009 and Significant Sigma Chi in 1991.
A time of visitation will be at the Heritage Gardens Funeral Home in Niceville Florida from 2 pm to 5 pm Saturday August 29.
The funeral will begin at 4 pm Sunday August 30 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1100 S. Palm Blvd. Niceville, FL. Interment will be at the Shanklin Family Cemetery, 469 N. McMahill Road, Milford Center, Ohio 43045 on Wednesday Sept. 2 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Niceville Exchange Club c/o Dorothy Miller, P. O. Box 342, Niceville, FL 32588 which is a local chapter of a national foundation that promotes the prevention of child abuse, provides youth scholarships and promotes patriotism www.nationalexchangeclub.org
Local arrangements entrusted to SKILLMAN, MCDONALD & VERNON Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg, Ohio. Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.vernon.com.