Larry Dean Shanks, of Rolla, Mo., departed this life on March 26, 2009, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City, Mo., at the age of 56.


Larry Dean Shanks, of Rolla, Mo., departed this life on March 26, 2009, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City, Mo., at the age of 56.  He was born on Feb. 22, 1953, in Rolla, Mo., to Edward Shanks and Helen (Shivers) Shanks.
Larry was preceded in death by his father, Edward Shanks of Rolla, Mo.
He will be sadly missed by his surviving family which includes his mother, Helen (Shivers) Shanks of Rolla, Mo.; one sister, Betty Ingram and husband, Richard of Edgar Springs, Mo.; one niece, Carrie Gilbert and future husband, Jason Hall of Ohio; two great nieces, Star and Katie; one great nephew, Carson all of Ohio; two step-nephews, James and David Ingram of Rolla, Mo.; close friend, Calvin Becklenberg, to whom Larry looked up to as a father and many extended family and friends.
Larry was full of life.  He spent his time with church, friends, family and playing Bingo wherever he could.  He also loved watching and listening to the Cardinals baseball with Calvin.  Larry was an avid sports fan.  He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 2025 of Rolla, Mo.  Larry was never selfish and always helping or giving to someone.
Larry will be dearly missed but never forgotten by all who knew and loved him!
A funeral service for Larry D. Shanks will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2009, at the Null and Son Funeral Home of Rolla.  Rev. Leroy Nixon and Kenneth Campbell will officiate. 
Interment will follow at the Roach Cemetery in Doolittle, Mo. 
A visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2009 at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.  Online condolences may be offered at nullandsonfuneralhome.com.
All arrangements are under the direction of the Null and Son Funeral Home of Rolla.