John Schenk was called home Dec. 29th at F.F. Thompson Hospital. He was born Feb. 25th, 1928 to John and Sarah (Cornish) Schenk.
Naples was John's home from beginning to end. His lifelong career as an automotive mechanic started at the age of 17. He owned and operated his own business most of his working years at locations in Naples. His business name evolved to "John Schenk and Son" when his son Roy came on board. The two worked together up until the present. Roy, along with his sons Kody and Kyle, will continue to carry on "Schenk's Garage."
John loved sharing stories from the past and telling 'the boys' how it was done. Mechanics and car racing go hand and hand so John could be found at the local tracks including the former Naples Speedway. He also helped his son Roy during his racing career.
John found time to volunteer his services as a member of the Maxfield Hose Co. where he served as Fire Chief from 1964-66. John loved recreational activities and was an active bowler. He sponsored and competed on teams for over 40 years and in 1995, was inducted into the bowling hall of fame. John coached and played softball for the local men's teams for many years. Golf became his passion later in life. He enjoyed playing with his family and friends. Dancing was a past time for John and the love of his life, Ruth. They attended Ingleside Christian Church and were members for many years. John was a tried and true Yankees fan. He enjoyed watching games with Ruth and discussing the outcomes with his grandsons. John also loved country music and was a Johnny Cash fan his whole life.
John is predeceased by his wife Ruth of 70 years, six brothers: Warner, Henry, Kenneth, Delano, Rupart & Gary and one sister, Pauline Moscato. John is survived by a son, Roy (Millie) Schenk; daughters, Connie (Alden) Westbrook & Terri Schenk; seven grandsons; ten great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews & cousins.
John was a loving, caring man who touched the lives of many through his generosity and service to the community.
Family and friends of John may call 10am-1pm Wednesday at Ingleside Christian Church where a service will be held at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Maxfield Hose Co. or Ingleside Christian Church.