Thursday, August 7th, 2008
Dale R. Pankop, 77, a resident of Churubusco, died at 8:05 a. m. on Thursday, August 7, 2008, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. He had been in failing health since September, 2007.
Mr. Pankop was born in Fairfield Township in DeKalb County on July 5, 1931, a son of Herman Herbert and Henrietta Helena (Hasselman) Pankop, and spent his formative years near Corunna. As a young man he served with the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict, was married in Avilla on January 28, 1956 to Ada Louise Englert Pankop, and lived all of his adult life in Churubusco.
The owner and operator of Pankop Drainage & Excavating in Churubusco for 36 years, he retired from there in 1993, and was a member of the Gilbert Davis American Legion Post 157.
The surviving relatives include his wife Louise; his children Pam (Harold) Hill of Churubusco, Marsha (Warren) Worman of Wichita, Kansas, Vi (William) Sommers of Fort Wayne, Bob Pankop of Churubusco, Becky Coffelt of Columbia City, and Judy (Matt) Burrell of Garrett; a brother Eugene (Shirely) Pankop of Fort Wayne; a sister Norma Pankop of Fort Wayne; 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers Donald Pankop and Wayne Pankop; and by two sisters Dorothy Bender and Eleanor Tressh.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Sunday, August 10, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Pastor Timothy Grable and William Claxton, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Saturday from 2 to 4 and from 6 to 8 p. m.
Private family burial will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46804
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