Dick Shenal

February 24, 1936 - July 9, 2019

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Monday, July 15, 2019
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
St. Bernard Catholic Church
New Washington , Ohio

Monday, July 15, 2019
11:00 AM
St. Bernard Catholic Church
New Washington , Ohio

Dick Shenal, 83, passed away on July 9th, 2019. He was born on February 24, 1936 in Rachel WV.

Dick attended Salem College on an athletic scholarship, was a 4-year letterman in football and baseball, and graduated in 1958. Later that year, he married Josephine, his high school sweetheart, on August 9, and began his teaching career in Matthews, VA. In 1962 he accepted a teaching job at Buckeye Central High School, where he taught Industrial Arts for many years, followed by Pioneer JVS. Dick retired from teaching after 30 years, then began his second career at the Herald Printing Company in New Washington.

An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed deer hunting trips to the cabin in Franklin WV with his father-in-law and hometown friends. Surviving a Cessna 4-seater plane crash on a trip back from the cabin with a pilot friend at the wheel and 12-year old Mike in tow, easily stands out as the death defying feat of his life. He liked to travel, was known to love long road trips, and prided himself on having a keen sense of direction. He enjoyed many cruises with Jo and friends throughout the Caribbean and to Alaska, and many visits to Arizona, California, and Nevada to visit his kids. He was a member of St. Bernard Catholic church, was actively involved in the Salem College Football Alumni Association throughout his life, and looked forward to reunions with fellow players and cheerleaders at Oglelbay Park in Wheeling, WV where he entertained the crowd with fantastic stories, feats, jokes, and brain teasers. He was inducted into the Salem College Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

He will be greatly missed by his family and life-long friends, including his wife of 60+ years, Jo; his son Michael (Debra) Shenal of Dayton, NV; daughter Martina (John) Buchanan of Tucson, AZ; and favorite grandson, James Shenal (Becca) Martin of Reno, NV; sister Delores (Babe) Manzo, and brother Jack Shenal of Mannington WV. He was preceded in death by his oldest brother Robert, and parents Mary and Michael.

Visitation will be on Monday, July 15, 2019 from 10:00 - 11:00 AM at St. Bernard Catholic Church where his Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 AM with Fr. Mike Diemer officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Bernard Catholic Church or St. Bernard Catholic School. Online Condolences may be made to the family at www.secorfuneralhomes.com


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Sharon Kay Moore - Jul 18, 2019
To Jo, family and friends!! Loosing one of our great BC teachers from the past! I loved his recipes in the Herald - made several of them! Always a smile and a quip to most everyone! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time of your loss. Take care - Gene and Sharon Moore
Traci seibert - Jul 16, 2019
Jo, you have my sincere sympathy. I remember dick teaching at pioneer.
Karen Alt - Jul 15, 2019
Jo, Mike and Martina I was so sorry to hear of Dicks passing. I cannot think of Dick without getting a smile on my face. He was always such a character. The endless pranks he played on the other teachers and faculty. You always had to keep your eye on him because you never knew what he would do next. He got my family one year with the Christmas lights on April Fools Day. The town has lost a special guy. There will never be another Dick Shenal.
Mary Jane Ford - Jul 14, 2019
Jo, to you and your family I extend my sympathy. May God Bless and guide you. Peace be with you and the children. He will be missed. I surely enjoyed his phone calls.
Charles A. Ferguson - Jul 13, 2019
Sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and Prayers for you
lorna ackerman - Jul 13, 2019
So sorry to hear of your loss......good memories of all of you. Love and Prayers to Jo and Mike and Martina and all his family......He was one of a kind with a smile and a story and I will never forget the years we spent as neighbors.........Lorna Ackerman and boys
Murvyn McDowell - Jul 13, 2019
So very sorry to hear. An outstanding teammate and an all around great guy! My sympathy to all his family.
Jo, Martina and Mike, our sympathy to you in the passing of Dick. Years ago, he was a neighbor and I enjoyed serving with him as clerk on the water board. It seems like he always had a story to tell and many times there was a twist to the ending. You were captivated from the beginning not knowing that it was the truth or a story. He will be missed.