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Forest M Shonkwiler

Died: Mon., Jan. 5, 2015


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Jan. 08, 2015
Location: Hanley and Sons

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Sat., Jan. 10, 2015
Location: Lena United Methodist Church

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Forest M. Shonkwiler, 89, of South Bend passed away Monday January 5th in his residence with his family by his side after an extended illness.                       

He was born on July 23, 1925 in Lena, IN to the late Estel and Mary (Hood) Shonkwiler.  On January 9, 1949 in Lena, IN he married the former Mary C. Squires who survives.  Forest and his wife have resided in the Michiana area since 1964 coming from Crawfordsville, IN.  He retired from C.C. Kelly & Son after many years of service as a Sales Rep.                       

Forest is survived by his loving wife Mary of 66 years, one daughter, Sue E. Torbert of South Bend; two sons, Gary L. (Janet) Shonkwiler of Brazil, IN and Steve J. (Kristi) Shonkwiler of South Bend; four sisters, Clema (Bill) Perkins of Roachdale, IN, Joan Alcorn of Bainbridge, IN, Loisdene (Bill) Reeves of Greencastle, IN and Roberta Scaggs of Greencastle, IN; one brother, Malcolm C. Shonkwiler of Greenwood, IN; twelve grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Robert D. Shonkwiler on May 17, 2003.

He was a US Navy Veteran, having served in WW II and was a member of the American Legion Post 0357 in Indianapolis, IN and the Masonic Lodge 469 in Bainbridge, IN.

Visitation will be Thursday January 8th from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Hanley and Sons “Southwest Chapel Funeral Home” located at 23421 State Road 23 / West Ireland Road South Bend. Service will be held in Lena, IN at Lena United Methodist Church on Saturday at 1:00 PM with Pastor Bill Price officiating.  Friends and family may visit at the church from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Burial will follow at Poff Cemetery in Brazil, IN.

The family requests all memorial contributions be made to The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637.                       

Condolences may be expressed online through our website:  www.hanleyandsonsfuneralhomes.com

The HANLEY & Sons “Southwest Chapel” Funeral Home handled arrangements and extends its deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to the Shonkwiler family.

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Terri Lohman Thomason
   Posted Wed January 07, 2015
To Mary, Sue, Gary and Steve, I am so deeply sorry about Shonk. I am happy though that he is no longer suffering anymore and at peace. Love to you all and peace be with you and all of the Shonkwiler family. Terr, Jerry and Cassandra Thomason, Cullman, Alabama.

Renee Preniczny
   Posted Thu January 08, 2015
Steve and Kristi-

Thinking about you and all your family during this sad time.

Renee Preniczny

Lori Kring
   Posted Thu January 08, 2015
God broke the mold when he created Shonk. He was a quiet hero in so many ways, he loved his country, family and friends without reservation. You could always count on him when you needed help.

Mary,Gary, Steve, and Sue and all of the grand and great grand kids, my family grieves with you. We are so thankful all of the good times we have shared with Shonk and your family. He will be missed.

The Bernard Kring Family

Chuck Dickerson
   Posted Thu January 08, 2015

My parents, Dick and Virginia Dickerson always talked so nice about you and Marshall. They said you where both very special people. I know they would want me to tell you that I am sorry for your loss.

Chuck Dickerson

Debby (Lohman) and Randy Blum
   Posted Thu January 08, 2015
Dear Mary, Sue, Gary and Steve,

We are so sorry to hear of Shonk's passing. Our family has always valued your friendship over the years. There were times that it seemed like mom and Shonk were competing as to which one would go first. It's time for you to take care of yourself now, Mary.

I wish I could be there to give you my condolences in person but I am undergoing chemo right now for breast cancer and have to be very careful about going out in the cold and my immune system is compromised right now. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

Margaret Wells
   Posted Fri January 09, 2015
Mary I am so sorry to learn of your loss. Am thinking of you and your family.

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