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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