Gilmore Jahnke, 83
Gilmore Harold Jahnke, 83, Parkers Prairie, died Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at St. Williams Living Center.
Gilmore was born March 20, 1931 to Otto and Laura (Jantzen) Jahnke in North Effington Township. He was baptized April 21, 1931, and confirmed July 8, 1945, at Zion Lutheran Church - North Effington by Pastor Schamber.
He attended country school and graduated from Parkers Prairie High School in 1949. He attended Drews Business College in St. Cloud through Helping Hands.
Following his education, he worked for Gib Antonson on his farm and drove truck. He served in the U.S. Army until his honorable discharge.
He was united in marriage to Sharon Schackman on October 19, 1952, at Park Rapids. Following their marriage, they lived in Parkers Prairie, where they raised their family.
Gilmore worked at the filling station and as transport driver for Penrose Oil Co. for many years. His wife, Sharon, died September 9, 1982. Gilmore was united in marriage to Joyce (Huwe) Gappa on June 23, 1985, at Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Gilmore worked for Dahlen Transport of Alexandria until he retired in 1994, then drove school bus for many years. He was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, where he served as an elder, trustee, tape ministry, choir and played on the dart ball team. He was a member of the Parkers Prairie Lions and American Legion Post #219. He enjoyed being at the lake, fishing and long car rides looking at the fields and for deer. He loved helping others and was an avid supporter of the Panther girls basketball team.
Blessed be his memory.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Sharon; and brother, Orvin.
Gilmore is survived by his wife of 28 years, Joyce; son, Kim (Jan) Jahnke of Richmond; daughter, Kaylene (Chuck) Pogulis of Maple Grove; stepchildren, Rick (Deb) Gappa and Dave (Jody Sigfrid) Gappa, both of Parkers Prairie, and Cathi (Scott) Boerner of Becker; brother, Donald (Geraldine) Jahnke of Parkers Prairie; sisters, Gladys Zeidler of Apple Valley and Lou Ann Husfeldt of Forest Lake; sister-in-law, Lorraine Jahnke of Parkers Prairie; 17 grandchildren, Brady (Katie) Jahnke, Megan (Amy) Jahnke, Tiffany (Anthony) Strother, Miranda Pogulis, Eric Pogulis, Michelle (Pete) Nash, Kelly (Caleb) Olson, Jacki (Jake) Suchy, Matt Gappa (Brittany Swensen), Jake Gappa, Cody Sigfrid, Meckenzie Sigrid (RC Christianson), Zach Gappa, Aaron Boerner, Grant Boerner, Derek Boerner and Kyle DeLarsoby; nine great-grandchildren, Isabelle Jahnke, Ruby and Piper Kettunen, Sophia Strother, Owen and Wyatt Olson, Olivia and Eila Suchy and Preston Christianson; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial services were held Saturday, May 10 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie with the Rev. Kirk Lee officiating. Music was provided by organist, Maureen Diedrich and vocalist, Dedra Zwieg.
Military honors were accorded by the Minnesota Honor Guard and Parkers Prairie American Legion Post #219. Burial was at Parkers Prairie Cemetery. Urn bearer was Brady Jahnke. Honorary urn bearers were his remaining grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are with Lind Family Funeral and Cremation Services, Parkers Prairie; www.lindfamilyfh.com.