MIDDLE POINT -- Paul E. Shank, 89, of rural Middle Point, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Vancrest of Van Wert, Ohio.

He was born June 14, 1925 in Mercer County, Ohio, the son of the late Isaac and Pearl (Irelan) Shank. On June 1, 1947 he married Alice DuVall, who survives. They recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.

Paul is survived by his wife Alice (DuVall) Shank of rural Middle Point; and children Paul Timothy (Jean) Shank of Conway, South Carolina and Debra E. (John) Shank Thern of Millersburg, Ohio. In addition, 3 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren survive.

Paul was preceded in death by brothers Cecil and Elroy Shank, and by sisters Rea Bowersock, Ethel Hesse, Minnie Yewey and Edna Taylor.

Paul was a lifetime retired farmer who enjoyed spending time with friends and family, and serving his Lord Jesus Christ. He was a member of Trinity Friends Church in Van Wert, Ohio. Paul was a WW II veteran of the United States Army, a member of the Van Wert American Legion, and Gideon’s International -- Van Wert Camp.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home with the Rev. Stephen R. Savage officiating. Interment will follow the funeral at Ridge Cemetery Middle Point, Ohio.

Friends may call Monday, July 7, 2014 at the Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home between 2-4 p.m.or 6-8 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Friends Church or Gideon’s International.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com