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Thomas Douglas Shank, 85, of Glasgow, died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones.
Doug was born in Glasgow. He was the son of the late Leonard and Sally Schultz Shank. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1947-52 and graduated from Bowling Green Business College in 1957.
After graduation, he worked for the US Steel Corp. and owned and operated cable TV systems in Kentucky. He was one of the early pioneers of cable TV and was active in national cable TV organizations. Upon retirement, he bought a farm that he named Shanks Hope in Bowling Green and began raising thoroughbreds. This became his passion and he had many successful racehorses. Doug was passionate about the Kentucky Wildcats, Democratic politics and golf. Doug is remembered by his children as a loving and supportive father full of humor and wit.
Survivors include two daughters, Deanna Rees of Atlanta, Ga., and Star Ann Crockett (Daniel) of Virginia; two sons, Robin Shank and Terry Shank (Cathy), both of Glasgow; two stepsons, Kevin and Craig Bell, of Findlay, Ohio; six grandchildren, Emily, Ann, John, Hunter, Zackary and Harrison; three great-grandchildren, Barett, Luke and Owen; and special caregivers and friends Stephen Lee, Matthew Hagan, Amanda Jackson, Ashley Ballard and Brandon Sherill.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Thompson Shank; a brother, Bobby Lee Shank, and a son-in-law, Bill Rees.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Glasgow Municipal Cemetery. A.F. Crow & Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Hosparus of Barren River at 101 Riverwood Ave. Suite B, Bowling Green, KY 42103-9981.
Published on November 17, 2016
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