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Richard Shail

September 3, 1938 — October 20, 2020

La Porte

Richard Shail

Richard A Shail

September 3, 1938-October 20, 2020

LA PORTE, IN- Dick Shail, 82, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away Tuesday October 20, 2020 at Hamilton Grove Living & Care Options in New Carlisle, IN. He was born September 3, 1938 in La Porte, Indiana, the son of Carl Shail and Bonnie (Bunton) Shail. Dick attended school in La Porte. He joined the Navy in 1955 serving on the USS Haynsworth and was honorably discharged in 1959. After his tour in the Navy, Dick returned to La Porte and on April 4th, 1959 married first wife Betty Nekvasil and became the proud parents of two sons, Richard and Robert Shail. Betty passed away in 1992 and on August 10th, 1996 Dick married his devoted wife of 24 years Joan (Cook) Benson who survives.

Dick retired from Jefferson Smurfit (Boise Cascade), La Porte, IN after 30 years of service.

Dick enjoyed watching TV with his wife Joanie, especially westerns and game shows. They truly enjoyed traveling to reunions of the USS Haynsworth until Dick's health would no longer allow.

He was a proud member of PRCU and PNA, of La Porte and the Fish Lake American Legion Post 400.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife Joanie, sons Rich (Nancy) and Rob (Marla) Shail of New Carlisle. Stepchildren Brenda (Rick) Masters of Frankfort, IN, and Charlie (Mary) Benson of Indianapolis, IN. Grandchildren Nathan (Katelynn) and Kortney Shail, Seth (Abbie) and Noah Shail. Step grandchildren Thomas and Colin Benson and James (Alicia) Pearish, 3 step great grandchildren. He also leaves behind one brother Ron (Sherry) Shail of La Porte, IN.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Pat Ivey and Shirley Eigenmann and his first wife Betty.

Contributions in memory of Dick can be made to the PRCU where he had been a member for over 50 years. PRCU 620 Bach St. La Porte, IN 46350

He will be laid to rest at Patton Cemetery on October 23rd La Porte, IN. Due to COVID-19 concerns a private family burial will take place. Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN.

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