Arden Shanks, 71 years, of New Haven, Indiana, and a former resident of Hicksville, passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2020, quietly at home. Arden was born June 23, 1948, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the son of the late Melvin and Lillian (Gustin) Shanks. He was a 1966 graduate of Arcola High School. He married Suzanne Amaden on October 31, 1983, in Nashville, Tennessee. Of course, they had to go to the race before they got married, but that was ok with Suzanne. Arden was an ASE certified auto technician for 44 years. He worked at Fox and Fox Frame Service, Fort Wayne Nissan and he retired from Al Gratz Body and Paint Shop. After retirement, Arden actually fixed cars over the telephone. His former customers and his friends would call him with a problem, and he would tell them what was wrong and how to fix it. He enjoyed working on his golf cart. Being a race fan, his cart had to be faster than the normal golf cart. He even had a police officer shake his finger at him once when they crossed paths which made Arden laugh. Arden was an avid stock car race fan, avid Chicago Cubs fan, and avid Ohio State Buckeye football fan. He enjoyed monthly breakfasts with his race buddies. He also enjoyed camping and went to Winchester, Indiana every fall for the 400 until he could no longer go.
Surviving are his wife, Suzanne of New Haven; four children, Tiffany Shanks, Tim (Kelly) Shanks, Kristina (David Wisialowski) Johnson, and Andrea (James Silvers) Neal; six grandchildren; one brother, Bill (Pat) Shanks and many, many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation for Arden Shanks will be held Friday, June 12, 2020, from 4:00 -7:00 p.m. in the Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, 706 North Main Street, Hicksville. Visitation for Arden will continue Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Social Distancing and proper etiquette will be observed. If you have underlying conditions or are not feeling well, we request you express your condolences to the family by mail or telephone. Graveside funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, June 13, 2020 in Forest Home Cemetery with Pastor Jack Teeple officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorial contributions be made to the American Lung Association.
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