Michael Anthony Wankum was born on February 9, 1945 to Norbert and Jessie (Rounthwaite) Wankum in Delano, CA. He passed away on February 8, 2016 in Visalia, CA at the age of 70. He married the former Linda Charlene Jones in 1963. Mike was a school bus driver in Delano, Buttonwillow and Norris before moving to Exeter. Here he was a substitute bus driver. He was an avid baseball fan and considered his team to be the Angel's. Mike loved John Deere Tractors, the Tulare Community Band where he played the tuba and was known for walking his dog all over town. He followed his granddaughters in any sports that they were in.
Mike is survived by his wife Charlene of Exeter; two daughters, Melissa Sayler (Kevin) of Three Rivers and Shana Silva (Chad) of Exeter; two brothers Jim Wankum of Goleta and Jeff Wankum of Bakersfield; three sisters Rose Ginsburg of Berkley, Barbara Verhalen of San Andreas, and Peggy Simon of Hanford. He is also survived by his two granddaughters Jesseca Silva and Sydney Silva both of Exeter.
Graveside Services will be held on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Exeter District Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.evansmillerguinnchapel.com. Services entrusted to Evans Miller Guinn Chapel.
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