Roger E. Shank
- May 29, 2021
Roger E. Shank, 82, of Mansfield, passed away after a brief illness on Thursday, May 27, 2021. Roger was born August 6, 1938 in Lodi, Ohio. He was the son of Earl and Floy (Sower) Shank. Roger served in the United States Army. He also faithfully attended Lifepoint Community Church in Plymouth every Sunday.
Roger’s interests included antiques, cars, and motorcycles. He could often be found at auctions looking for specific antique collectibles and furniture to add to his collections. He also found enjoyment in attending and listening to classic car auctions, often jokingly asking his staff if they wanted to bid on the next hot rod up for bid. In his younger years he enjoyed cruising around downtown and participating in excursions with his lifelong friend, Bob Thiel. He also enjoyed boating on Lake Erie, and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle.
However, his true passion in life was being an accountant and making sure his clients and their families were well taken care of. He approached each day with a fervent desire to go above and beyond for clients and he continued this dedicated work ethic, serving his clients up until his death. He received his degree in accounting from the University of Akron. He became a partner at Willis, Osmond, and Beilstein, LLC before opened his own practice, Roger Shank, CPA, first in Ashland, and then in his current location in Mansfield. Although he could be intense at times in his professional capacity, those who knew him well also knew that he had strong sense of humor, which was exemplified by the many amusing personal stories and anecdotes he shared with his friends, clients, and staff. In addition to providing his professional accounting expertise, Roger was always willing to listen and offer thoughtful advice regarding any type of concerns his clients had. Above all he took a great deal of satisfaction in developing personal relationships and strong bonds with his clients. He always maintained that his relationships with his clients was the ultimate reward in the over fifty year-long career he chose.
Roger leaves behind his beloved aunt, Phyllis Burdick, with whom he maintained a special connection. He is also survived by his siblings, Jerry, David, and Karen as well as many faithfull friends and staff members whom he loved like his family. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends and family may visit from 10:30-11:00 am on Friday, June 4, 2021 at the Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 98 S. Diamond Street. Pastor Dallas Waggle and Pastor Rich Hurles will officiate the funeral service beginning at 11:00 am. Roger will be laid to rest at Dickey Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Lifepoint Community Church, 260 Riggs St. Plymouth, OH 44865 or Friendly House of Mansfield, 380 N. Mulberry Street Mansfield, OH 44902.