In Loving Memory of Brian Shinkle

Former President of Federal Steel Supply, Brian Shinkle died May 5, 2020 after a brief illness. He was 70.

To his wife Sudie and family, Brian was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. To his co-workers Brian was a kind and generous executive, committed to his business and consistent in his effort to support his employees and further the goals of Federal Steel Supply. He was a loyal co-worker and often the last to leave the office at the end of the day.

In 1979, with friends Vernon C. Smith and Daniel C. Smith, he founded Federal Steel Supply, Inc., a distributor of steel piping products for energy companies and other industries. He served as president from 2002 to 2019, overseeing an expansion of the business that kept him professionally engaged until the company was sold last year.

Brian was married to Sudie Black Baker in 1980. In their forty years together, they enjoyed gardening, cooking, and travels to Mexico, the American West, New Zealand, Europe, Africa, and, most recently, Alaska. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved skiing, canoeing, horseback riding and, especially, bird hunting and fishing.

Brian was unassuming and did not like to be fussed over, but where others were concerned, he was always attentive and generous. He shared his love of travel and the outdoors by taking family and friends on vacations and fishing trips. He wanted those around him to have fun and always brought an armload of fireworks to the party on the Fourth of July.

Brian will be greatly missed by his family, countless friends and colleagues alike. Brian’s full obituary can be read at the following link:

Our Beloved Brian Shinkle
 July 27, 1949 – May 5, 2020