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John Danker


John Herman Danker, 83, died Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, at Marengo Memorial Hospital. Funeral services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at St. John Lutheran Church, Marengo. Burial, with military honors: Marengo Cemetery. Visita-tion: 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.
A memorial fund has been established.
John is survived by his wife, Leona; two sons, Steven (Julie) Danker of Waterloo and Mark (Sarri) Danker of Fayette; five grandchildren, Whitney, Joshua and Jonathan Danker of Waterloo and Samuel and Levi Danker of Fayette; and a sister, Dorothy Wandling of Waukon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Kenneth and Alfred; and a sister, Frances.
John Herman Danker was born March 20, 1933, in rural Keystone, the son of Bernard and Helene Heitmann Danker. He graduated from Keystone High School in 1951. John served in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and spent one year in Korea. He married Leona Petersen on Nov. 27, 1955, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Newhall.
John was employed with Thermogas Co. for 36 years in sales and service and delivering propane.
He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and American Legion Wandling-Wendel Post 76. He was a past Jaycees charter member and president. John served on the Marengo Memorial Hospital board for 14 years. He directed and coached summer baseball teams, Peewee, Little League and Pony League for many years. He loved gardening, playing bridge and following baseball.