Jerome Louis Shenk

Jerome Louis Shenk

Jerome Louis Shenk died on November 2, 2017, with his family at his side. Jerry was born in Lima, Ohio, on October 30, 1938. This date, as Jerry enjoyed saying, was the same day of Orson Welles’ radio broadcast, “The War of the Worlds.”

Jerry was a lifelong scholar. Formal studies were mathematics and chemistry at Bluffton College; Biblical study at New York Biblical Seminary; history of science and comparative literature at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

His work career included instructor in mathematics, science, and communications, Dean of Men, pastor, house husband, child care provider, Master Teacher, and video store manager.

For 26 years, Jerry reviewed obscure movies in the VHS/DVD format for the noon show on Channel 3.

Jerry’s interests included opera, Shakespeare, the Bible, movies, theatre, conversation, card and game playing, politics, and puns.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 48 years, Leila (Hasheider), daughters: Alita (Kevin Gregorius) and Reade. Sisters: Susan (Bruce) Lavender, Becky Rumble Helbig. Mother-In-law: Shirley Hasheider; sisters and brothers in-law: Ilene (Dale) LaCount, Neal (Vicky) Hasheider, Phil (Mary) Hasheider, Bruce Hasheider, Edie (Craig) Vitale and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Eunice (Breneman) Rumble; father, Louis Shenk; step-father, Bruce Rumble; brother-in-law, Russ Helbig; father-in-law, Howard Hasheider; nephew, David Hasheider.

A Memorial Service celebrating Jerry’s life will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2017; 1:30 pm at Madison Mennonite Church, 1501 Gilbert Road, Madison, WI.