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Dale F. Shank, 78, a retired Occidental Chemical Corp. supervisor and a World War II Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient, died Saturday (Feb. 24, 2001) in Schoellkopf Health Center after a brief illness.

Shank was born in Clymer, Pa., and graduated from high school there.

He served as a combat infantryman from 1942 to 1945 in the European Theater of World War II. He was a private first class in Company G, 337th Infantry Regiment, 85th Division. He was wounded in Italy.

After the war, he moved to Niagara Falls. He worked for 32 years at Hooker Chemical and Plastics Corp., which later became Occidental Chemical, retiring in 1982.

Shank volunteered at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for nine years and worked part time at Kmart in the Town of Niagara for 12 years.

He was a member of Portage Post 1465, American Legion; the Disabled American Veterans; 337th Reunion Association; and St. Paul's United Methodist Church.

Shank enjoyed bowling, bicycling, reading, gardening and lawn bowling.

Survivors include his wife, the former Margaret Jamieson; four sons, Dale L. of Ransomville, James R. of Niagara Falls, Paul N. of Las Vegas and Gary A. of San Diego; a daughter, Paula J. of Corona, Calif.; two brothers, Richard and Dennis, both of Niagara Falls; two sisters, Lena Atkins of Johnstown, Pa., and Ada Steiger of Uplands, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Zajac Funeral Home, 319 24th Street. Burial, with full military honors, will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.


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