Harold H. Pankey
ELKHART, IL - Harold H. Pankey, 91, passed away on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at his home in Elkhart.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Louise; children: Gene (Joan) Pankey, Larry (Diane) Pankey, Donald (Stephania) Pankey and Deanne (David) Barker; siblings: Ruth (Fritz) Werkman, Gladys Guinn and Nancy Pankey; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his siblings: Eugene, Inez, Imo, Harland, Edna Maude and Donald.
He was born Dec. 30, 1922, in Elkhart, Ill., the son of Eugene and Nancy Jane (Merritt) Pankey. Harold married Mary Louise Baugher on Nov. 11, 1945, in Fancy Prairie at Mary's mother's home by the Rev. Bryan Miller.
Harold proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. Harold was in the 1st Division and was a D Day survivor. He landed on Omaha Beach at Normandy. He returned to Normandy with his wife, Mary, on the 50th anniversary of D Day and reunited with a group of other surviving veterans.
He attended Elkhart High School. Harold was a member of the American Legion 616, VFW, WWII Illinois Veterans Memorial Board, and Elkhart United Methodist Church.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, June 15, 2014, at Mott and Henning Funeral Home in Athens.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 16 at Elkhart United Methodist Church in Elkhart. The Rev. Paul Wehner will officiate. Burial will follow at Elkhart Cemetery with military honors.
Memorials can be made to: WWII Illinois Veterans Memorial Board, Elkhart United Methodist Church or Elkhart United Methodist Church Women.
Family is being served by Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens, Ill. Online condolences can be shared at www.mottandhenning.com.