OBITUARY: R. Geoffrey Shenk, Jan. 20, 1944 – Nov. 15, 2013

R. Geoffrey Shenk PhotoR. Geoffrey Shenk, age 69 died Friday, November 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm at McLaren Northern Regional Hospital.
He was born on January 20, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan and after completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Michigan State University he resided in Durand, MI teaching Junior High School Social Studies.  He then relocated to Palmer, AK where he taught upper elementary grades for twenty-two years.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman, thoroughly enjoying Alaskan adventures.  In 1997 he retired from education and moved to Boyne City, Michigan.  He immersed himself in nature, and would spend time gardening, hunting and appreciated the outdoors.
He is survived by his loving wife, Suzanne Shenk of 47 years; daughter Lisa (Bryan) Dewey of Kalamazoo, Michigan; grandchildren Erika Dewey age six and Caleb Dewey age three.
Visitation will be held 4:00 to 6:00 pm Thursday, November 21, 2013 at Stackus Funeral Home in Boyne City.  The funeral will be held 11:00 am Friday, November 22, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church in Boyne City with visitation being held at the church from 10:00 am until the time of service.  Burial will follow the service at Dyer Cemetery in Bay Township on Camp Daggett Road, Boyne City, MI.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Down Syndrome Association, Boyne City Food Pantry or the First Presbyterian Church of Boyne City.
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