I have found some vital stats that may spark some memories:
Robert William Crothers born Dec 1920 to Lora Blanch (Hissom) Crothers. She later married Thomas D. Shank who adopted Robert. He kept the legal name of Crothers but went by "Shanks".
By age 12 Robert was placed under guardianship of Lucy and Alvin Hissom and his parents were listed as deceased. He attended high school in Sisterville under the last name Shanks.
Sometimes he lived with Ruth (Hissom) and Ross Reed.