• Born 9 October 1878 - Elida, Allen, Ohio
  • Deceased 21 March 1961 - Sheridan, Yamhill, Oregon,aged 82 years old
  • Buried - Mennonite Cem., Willamina, . Oregon


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1920 US census: Oregon, Benton Co., Soap Creek pcy, sheet 3a

Gospel Herald - 4/18/1961
Shenk, Gabriel D., son of Andrew and Susanna Shenk, was born Oct. 9, 1878, near Elida, Ohio; died at his home, Sheridan, Oreg., March 21, 1961; aged 82 y. 5 m. 12 d. In 1895 he moved with his parents to Oronogo, Mo., where he was married to Luella Sharer, who survives. Also surviving are 2 sons (Wesley E., Willamina, Oreg.; and Vernon A., Port Orford, Oreg.), 5 daughters (Bertha O.--Mrs. Leo Holly, Dinuba, Calif.; Mildred R.--Mrs. Clifford Wolfer, Sweet Home, Oreg.; Helen G.--Mrs. Walter Donicht, Sheridan; Jenell--Mrs. Abner Coblentz, Willamina; and Wilma L.--Mrs. Alvin Nisley, Sheridan), 22 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 3 sisters (Mrs. Rhoda Webb, Grants Pass, Oreg.; Mrs. Martha Weaver, Kansas City, Mo.; and Mrs. Mary Berkey, Harrisonburg, Va.). One son preceded him in death in infancy. In 1907 he moved with his family to Dinuba, Calif., and in 1914 to Suver, Oreg. Here he was instrumental in establishing the Firdale Mennonite Church, and was ordained as minister of this congregation in 1916. In 1921 he was ordained to the office of bishop. In 1924, due to economic conditions, the Firdale Church was disbanded, and he with his family moved to Sheridan, where he resided until his death. For 32 years he had bishop and pastoral oversight of the Sheridan Church, and also served a number of other churches in the conference district in the office of bishop. In 1952, through his efforts, the work near Grand Ronde, the Church in the Wildwood, was begun. Funeral services were held March 25 at the Sheridan Church, in charge of Joe Kropf, assisted by LeRoy Cowan, interment in Mennonite Cemetery, Willamina, Oreg.

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Henry SHENK 1817-1876 Susanna BRENNEMAN 1818-1908 Noah GOOD 1820-1905 Frances CULP 1817-1901

Andrew SHENK 1850-1937 Susanna GOOD 1850-1940

Gabriel D. Good SHENK 1878-1961