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G.W. Shanks

August 24, 1921 — September 15, 2014

SHANKS, G.W. Mutt The good shepherd welcomed G.W. Shanks, age 93, home on September 15, 2014. A memorial service will be held on 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Country Club Road Church of Christ. Elder Tim Dunnahoo, Pastor Doug Austin, Pastor Joshua Watkins and Pastor Rueben Hall will be officiating

G.W. was born on August 24, 1921 to George H. and Mary Audie Shanks. He married Lorraine on December 4, 1941.

G.W. was a cattle and sheep rancher who took great pride in his livestock, a conservationist, who protected and loved nature. He never met a stranger and he was always willing to lend a hand. G.W. loved God, his family and never turned down an opportunity to thank God every day for his family. He loved his wife Lorraine and thanked her often for giving him his 4 wonderful children. He was a good neighbor and was a strong believer in the power of prayer. G.W. was always thankful for the rainfall, no matter how small or large. He loved to ride the pastures, check the fences and the water troughs. Mostly, he loved to ride through the land that God entrusted to him. His love and his faith in God was his guiding principal and he walked daily in Gods word.

G.W. is survived by his wife, Lorraine at the family home his son, Howard C. and his wife Mary Shanks of Capitan, NM his daughters, Mary Frances Sanders of San Angelo, TX Cheryl E Ringheimer and her husband Jerry of Roswell, NM Karla J Matchin and her husband Tom of Greenville, TX and a niece, Linda Bathey and her husband Hank of Napa, CA 7 grandchildren 15 great grandchildren and 3 greatgreat grandchildren. Honorary Bearers will be Mike Shanks, Chris Shanks, Barry Sanders in Memorarium Mark Sanders, Jeremy Ringheimer, and Trey Matchin.

G.W. is preceded in death by his parents, brother Carroll H. Shanks and a grandchild Barry Sanders.

G.W. attended Country Club Road Church of Christ and was a member of the Wool Growers.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to New Mexico Christian Childrens Home, 1356 New Mexico 236, Portales, NM 88130

Condolences may be made online at

Arrangements will be under the direction of La Grone Funeral Chapel.


Memorial Service

Country Club Rd Church of Christ
700 W Counrty Club Rd
Roswell, NM  88201
Saturday, September 20, 2014
2:00 p.m.

Memorial Contributions

1356 NM 236
Portales, NM  88130-9411
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