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Name: Shank, J. R. (1877-1958)

Historical Note: John Robert Shank (1877-1958), a Mennonite bishop and editor, was born 19 August 1877, at Versailles, Missouri, a son of Lewis and Mary Wenger Shank. Ordained a minister in 1905, he served first at Pea Ridge, Missouri, until 1908, then at Carver, Missouri, and in the surrounding Osage River district. In 1941 he was ordained bishop. Besides his rural missionary work he served widely in Christian educational work as editor and writer for the Sunday-school periodicals of the Mennonite Church, and editor of YPBM topics. He was secretary of the Missouri-Kansas Conference 1907-34, and long-time member of the Mennonite Publication Board. He was married to Clara M. Brubaker; there were no children. He died 26 April 1958.
Sources: Bender, Harold S. "Shank, John Robert (1877-1958)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 12 December 2012.
Note Author: Harold S. Bender

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