Arden “Jack” Shatz, born in 1934 in Lancaster, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side in Columbus on Aug. 12, 2021, after a battle with Parkinson’s disease.

He graduated from Lancaster High School and went on to study at The Ohio State University where he met the love of his life, Ettagail Benyas. Jack and Ettagail were married in 1954 and soon after he graduated they left Ohio for his service in the U.S. Air Force.

They eventually settled in Lancaster, where Jack joined his father’s auto parts firm. He also became involved in several Jewish and civic organizations where he developed strong leadership skills and earned a high level of respect in the community. He was an avid golfer, and he loved traveling the world with his wife. Being together with family and close friends was most important to him.

Having returned to Ohio from Florida, Jack and Ettagail joined Congregation Tifereth Israel.

Jack is survived by children, Alan (Sara) Shatz, Steve Shatz and Lisa (Harvey) Sukienik; grandchildren, Tonia (Jeff) Levison, Aaron (Becca Sigal) Shatz, Cameron Shatz, Gary (Richelle) Sukienik, Zachary Sukienik and Talia Sukienik; great-grandchildren, Sophia, Meira, Reuven, Eliyahu and Miriam Levison; brother, Donald (Florine Mark) Benyas and sister-in-law, Shirley Benyas. Jack was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Ettagail (nee Benyas); parents, Albert and Rose (nee Melman) Shatz; and his sister, Betty (Elaine) Fisher.

Contributions in Jack’s memory may be made to: Congregation Tifereth Israel (, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh (, or Parkinson’s Foundation ( Graveside service were held on Sunday, August 15, 2021 at New Tifereth Israel Cemetery.