Roscoe H. Shanks, age 93, of Marble Hill, Mo, passed peacefully into eternity, December 5, 2017 in Southeast Missouri Hospital, Cape Girardeau, Mo. He was preceded in death by the love of his life of 54 years, Pauline (Beck) Shanks and a grandson, Travis L. Proffer. He was the oldest son born on July 29, 1924 to Marvin and Ruby Shanks of Marble Hill, Mo. Also preceding him in death were his brother, Weldon Shanks, and sisters Almeta Baker and Verona Wilder.
Roscoe and Pauline are survived by their four children, David Shanks of Marble Hill, Mo, Beverly (Ron) Ritter of Winlock WA, Marty (Opal) Shanks of Jackson Mo and Melinda (Jeff) Hemman of Oak Ridge, Mo. Roscoe also has surviving brothers and sisters, L. J. Shanks of South Augusta, SC, Franklin Shanks of Marble Hill, Mo, Bess Banks of Creve Coeur, Mo, and Lou Mazzarella of Wood River, IL. One of Roscoe’s greatest joys in life were his grandchildren, Karen Shanks of St. Louis, Mo, Patrick Dent of Columbia, Mo, Michelle Bruno of Phoenix, AZ, Dustin Proffer of Cape Girardeau, Mo and Lucas Shanks of Cape Girardeau, Mo. He spent many hours building playhouses, airplanes, and many other things for their enjoyment and they loved him for it!
Roscoe served in the U. S. Army during WWII in the South Pacific as a combat medic. He was awarded two Bronze Stars for bravery and distinction in volunteer combat missions and was the seventh soldier to step foot on occupied Japan at the end of the war. After the war, he married his wife, Pauline, and settled in the St. Charles, Mo area. Roscoe was a long haul trucker for most of his career and again, won many awards and service recognitions during those 38 years of driving. In 1974, he and Pauline and family moved to Bollinger County near his parents and family on Hwy B and built a home. Even then Roscoe did not stop working, whether it was driving a Caterpiller or building tool sheds, he kept busy everyday. He loved working with his hands and spending time in his beloved shop. During the last 15 years Roscoe started playing golf at the Canyon Club Golf Course in Piedmont, Mo where he was well known among the members. One of his favorite jokes, (as there were many), was that he could no longer yell “Four” but was now down to “3 ˝.”
Roscoe never met a stranger and loved playing pranks and making people laugh. We always said he should have had his own television show. He never missed a beat and was gifted in his ability to see the humor in everything, including himself. Anyone who knew him, truly loved him. We will say Roscoe H Shanks did it all his way and will be greatly missed by his family, his friends, and everyone that knew him.
“Make it your business to lead a quiet life, to mind your own ambition and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” I Thess 4:11
Visitation will be on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at Hutchings Funeral Chapel in Marble Hill, MO., from 1:00 p.m. until service time at 2:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral chapel with burial following with military honors in Baker Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Marble Hill Food Pantry.