Fletcher Shanks


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Posted Online: April 23, 2013, 4:35 pm
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Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Fletcher W. Shanks, 98, a resident of Davenport, will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 26, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1923 N. Fillmore St., Davenport.
Burial will be at Blue Grass Cemetery. The family will greet friends Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main St., downtown Davenport. There will be a prayer service offered at 4 p.m. to begin the visitation Thursday that all are encouraged to attend.
He died Monday, April 22, 2013, at Genesis East, Davenport.
Fletcher William Shanks was born in Bloomington, Ill., on Dec. 23, 1914, to Josephine Cuerings Shanks and Clinton W. Shanks. He was the youngest of nine children. He grew up on a farm in McClean County near Cooksville, Ill. He attended Cooksville High School and graduated at the age of 16. He attended Illinois State University and spent a year at the Catholic University of America. Bishop Fulton Sheen was one of his professors there. He majored in physics and chemistry.
He was hired by the Army Corps of Engineers at the Rock Island Arsenal in 1936. He worked there until his retirement in 1972, except for three years from 1943 to 1946 when he served in the Army. He was a lieutenant stationed at Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland in the chemical warfare division. During his time at the Corps of Engineers, he was known as an expert in the formulation of non-corrosive paint. That and his excellence of work, earned him the Meritorious Civilian Service Award given by the Army. In 1951, he married Kathaleen Brus, and they had two children, Ellen and John.
Fletcher was a great father and grandfather; he loved playing poker and golf with his grandchildren. He was an avid golfer and belonged to the Rock Island Golf Club for more than 30 years until their recent closure as a club. He once shot 13 consecutive rounds under 80 at that course. He shot his age when he was 88. He loved to cook and was famous for his spaghetti and his salsa. His favorite hobby, when he could no longer play golf, was the stock market, which he checked every day more than once. He was a good storyteller and jokester, and we will miss his intellect and wisdom.
He is survived by his wife Kathaleen; daughter, Ellen (Jerry), Davenport; granddaughter, Maren, Denver, Colo.; and grandson, Christopher, Lincoln, Neb.; and his beloved nieces and nephews and their spouses.
He was preceded in death by his son, John; his mother and father; three siblings who died in infancy; brothers, Louis, Arthur and Wilbur; and sisters, Eileen and Marguerite.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities or Holy Family Church.
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Fletcher's obituary at hmdfuneralhome.com.












 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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