Herbert Panko, 81, of Columbia, Missouri, passed away on October 27, 2021 at the University of Missouri Hospital, following injuries suffered in a car accident on January 21, 2021.
Herb graduated from Cook High School in Cook, Nebraska, class of 1958. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in English, Psychology, and Biology from Dana College, and also completed graduate coursework at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and the University of Arkansas.
Herb was a high school English and Biology teacher for 37 years in Comfrey, Hector, and Aitkin, Minnesota. He especially enjoyed the camaraderie and friendship shared with his colleagues at each job. Herb was a voracious reader and writer throughout his life, and wrote frequently on politics, history, and spirituality. Herb loved the outdoors, and took particular pride in planting and nurturing trees. He was also a passionate fan of the University of Minnesota football team, a love he shared with his two sons and his grandchildren.
Herb is survived by his wife Judith, sons Todd and Ross (Amanda); grandchildren Benjamin and Abigail; sister Marcella, brother Arlin, sister Diane, and brother Randy. Herb was preceded in death by his parents Herbert Panko and Frieda Stutheit, his stepfather Arthur Stutheit, and his brother Delmer Stutheit and sister Erma Gobber.
At Herb's request, there will be no memorial service. The family welcomes contributions to The Nature Conservancy in Herb's name (www.nature.org
Published by Mille Lacs Messenger from Nov. 1 to Nov. 15, 2021.