FAIRMONT - A memorial service for Donald E. Pannkuk, 90, of Fairmont will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont with Rev. Lyle Avant officiating. Burial with full military honors by the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post 36 and the Martin Co. VFW Post 1222 will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont.
Donald passed away Sunday evening, Jan. 13, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont. Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont.
Donald Earl Pannkuk was born on April 6, 1922, in Fairmont, Minn., the son of Clarence and Margaret (Platt) Pannkuk. He graduated from Fairmont High School and went on to a business school in Missouri for one year. On Oct. 5, 1942, Don entered the U.S. Army and served in the South Pacific and Guadalcanal for three years. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 14, 1945, and returned to Fairmont and worked with his father at the Pannkuk Nash Garage. In 1945, Don married Mae Marie "Maisy" Wright. Don helped Maisy operate the Tastee Freeze in Fairmont while operating the Pannkuk Nash Garage. Maisy passed away in 1966. Don then married Esmer Johnson in 1972 and Esmer passed away in 1994. Don then married Betty Anderson in 1995 and they lived in Fairmont. Don was a member of the Uptown Kiwanis Club and was very involved in his church, First Congregational United Church of Christ. Some of his hobbies included golfing, bowling, canoeing and ballroom dancing. He also enjoyed bird watching, nature and building and collecting die cast classic cars.
Those who will cherish his memory include his wife, Betty Pannkuk of Fairmont; three children, Barb (Pannkuk) Olson of Fairmont, Bill Pannkuk and his wife, Barb, of Fairmont, Lee Pannkuk and his wife, Lori, of Rochester; grandchildren, Sophia, Justina, Alicia, Ian and his wife, Abbie, Troy and his fiance, Suzie, Amy, Sarah, and Ken; three great-grandchildren, Aimee, Nathan and Dammon; Betty's children, Karen King, Mike Anderson, Debra Thiesse and her husband, Tom, seven step grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; and Don's sidekick, Murphy; other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents and his first two wives, Don was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters.
Don was the last Pannkuk of his generation.