Fred was a 1971 graduate of Delta High School. During school he helped plant flowers for Dunbar Gardens in Delta and after graduating worked at Dunbar Manufacturing in Swanton. He later married Thelma Jones and she preceded him in death.
Fred owned the Eastern Gardens Restaurant for many years until retiring. He later volunteered at local food pantries and enjoyed spending time raising animals with his grandchildren and attending farm auctions with his family.
Fred is survived by his son, Fred F. (Jennifer) Shank II; sister, Dorothy (Kevin) Cordle; grandchildren, Derek and Skyler Shank; and canine companion, Tyson.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing an expression of sympathy are asked to consider contributions to the family to assist with final expenses; c/o Fred F. Shank II. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.barnesfuneralchapel.com.
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