Gilmore H. Jahnke, 83, of Parkers Prairie, died Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at St. William's Living Center.
Memorial services are 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie with Rev. Kirk Lee officiating. Music is provided by organist, Maureen Diedrich and vocalist, Dedra Zwieg. Military honors accorded by the Minnesota Honor Guard and Parkers Prairie American Legion Post #219. Burial is at Parkers Prairie Cemetery.
Visitation is 5-8 p.m., Friday, at Immanuel Lutheran Church and will continue one hour prior to the service.
Gilmore Harold Jahnke 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 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 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 girl's basketball team. Blessed be his memory.
He is 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; step-children, 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; two 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.
Urn bearer is Brady Jahnke, honorary urn bearers are his remaining grandchildren and great-grandchildren.