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Ruth K. Shank

Ruth K. Shank, 94, Polo, died peacefully Saturday, Aug. 15. 

The  daughter of John and Edna (Martin) Hayen, she was born April 29, 1915 in the Coleta area. 

She married Elery Shank on March 31, 1934. 

Ruth was a longtime member of the Church of the Brethren of Polo, as well as the Grange and a 50 year Ogle County Farm Bureau Member. 

She and Elery were owners and operators of Public Auction Service for nearly 40 years before retiring in 1986.

Survivors include two daughters, Shirley (George) Aune, Dixon, and Sheryl (Lyle) Hopkins, Polo;  and a daughter-in-law, Linda Shank, Polo. 

She enjoyed time telling stories and jokes with her nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. 

Her special friend and care giver was Bev Ohlwine.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Elery; and son, Sherwood.

Visitation will be Thursday, Aug. 20 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. As Ruth’s last request, visitation will be at her house at 109 S. Jackson Ave., Polo. 

Funeral services will be held pn Friday, Aug. 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Brethren, Polo. Burial will be immediately following at Fairmount Cemetery, Polo. 

Memorial has been established to Village of Progress and Ogle County Hospice.  Condolences can be 
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