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Alan L. Pankake

Alan L. Pankake, age 88 of Dassel, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006 at the Dassel Lakeside Community Home.

He was born Aug. 20, 1917 in Dassel, the son of Linzay and Hulda (Runquist) Pankake.

Alan was a lifetime member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church (First Lutheran), in Dassel, where he was both baptized and confirmed.

He graduated from the Dassel High School in 1936.

Alan was inducted into the US Army Air Corps July 5, 1942, serving in the China, Burma, India Offensive Campaign, and was awarded the Bronze Star. He served with the 4th Combat Cargo Squadron and was stationed in India. He served his country until Dec. 17, 1945, when he was discharged from the service.

Alan was united in marriage to Elsie Anderson Aug. 21, 1948, at the First Lutheran Church (Gethsemane) in Dassel.

Together, they made their home in Dassel, where Alan worked at the Gayner Hardware Store, and later at M&M Lumber & Oil. William V. Munson and Alan were partners in the Dassel Lumber Company until 1975, when they sold the yard.

Alan was active in the community, where he was a member of the Dassel School Board for seven years, and a member of the Dassel Fire Department for 25 years, serving as secretary and fire chief. He was also a member of the Paul F. Dille American Legion Post for over 50 years, serving as the drill squad leader for most of those years; as well as a member of the Masonic Lodge for 50 years.

Alan was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and three sisters.

He is survived by his wife, B. Elsie Pankake of Dassel; children, Reed (Cindy) Pankake of Dassel, Steve Pankake of Hutchinson, and Pam Rodebush of Santa Rosa, Calif.; six grandchildren, Joshua Pankake, Alison Pankake, Travis Pankake, Danielle Pankake, Chelsea Rodebush, and Justin Rodebush; one great-grandchild, Ayva Pankake; and several nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral service was Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel at 11 a.m. with the Revs. Steven Olson and John Peterson officiating. Music was provided by organist Florine Osness, and soloist Sheldon Hedin, who sang “On Eagles’ Wings,” and “Now The Day Is Over.” Congregational hymns were “The Old Rugged Cross” and “How Great Thou Art.”

Interment was at the Dassel Cemetery. Military rites were performed by the Paul F. Dille American Legion from Dassel. The Dassel Fire Department was also present to honor Al.

Visitation was Tuesday evening, Jan. 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel; and continued for one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church.

Casketbearers were Josh Pankake, Travis Pankake, Don Pankake, Bob Lorence, John Pankake, and Neil Tollander.

Arrangements were by Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.

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