Wilbur Shanks

Wilbur L. Shanks, 80, of Bloomington, passed away at 11:59 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 3, 2018) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Holy Trinity Church, Bloomington, with Monsignor Douglas Hennessy officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Interment will follow services at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (Midwest Affiliate).

He was born May 12, 1937, in Cooksville, son of Wilbur N. and Dorothy Tipsord Shanks. He married the love of his life, Nomi L. Gibbs, on June 20, 1959, in Bloomington, and together they welcomed four children and enjoyed 59 years of marriage.

Surviving are his wife, Nomi, Bloomington; three children, Beth Ann (fiance’, Jason Lartz) Murphy, Chris (Elisa) Shanks and Karen (Shawn) Schwiderski, all of Bloomington; 10 granddaughters, Kylee Murphy; Taylor (Jerry II) Grieco; Meghan (Kyle) Floyd; Sydney, Lauren, Samantha and Logan Shanks; and Paige, Katelyn and Morgan Schwiderski; three great-grandchildren, Camden and Chase Grieco and Riley Floyd; two sisters, Mary Penn, Bloomington, and Lola (Bill) Rosensteel, West Virginia; one brother, Dan Shanks, Bloomington; and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are extended family, Caleb (Brittany) Fiscus and their sons, Caden and Brody, Downs.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Julia Shanks on December 30, 2017; and one sister, Elaine Blasi.

Wilbur enjoyed a long career at The Eureka Co., where he retired as a tool & die maker in 1999 after 43 years.

He cherished his time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren and always attended all of their extracurricular activities. He also enjoyed boating, water skiing and traveling to Las Vegas and Lake of the Ozarks.

Wilbur was a quiet man of few words. The love for his family was unconditional.

He was loved and cherished by his family and will be greatly missed.

His favorite saying was “I am an angel from heaven here on vacation.” Now your vacation is over; time to go home.

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