Bernard B. Pannkuk
Bernard Pannkuk passed away on July 3, 2020 at the Westview Care Center in Britt at the age of 96. Bernard was born June 11, 1924 in German Valley, Iowa to Boyd B. and Gesena (Boelts) Pannkuk. He was the third of six children.
A private graveside service with military honors will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Britt. A Celebration of Bernard’s Life is being planned for a later date.
Bernard attended country school near German Valley through the 8th grade. He worked as a farmhand for local farmers until joining the Army in January 1943. He was stationed in California for training until he was sent to Europe in August of 1943 with the 458th Ordnance Evacuation Company. He served in England, France, Belgium and Germany during World War II. He took great pride in the 2 years and 300 days that he served his country. He received an honorable discharge in November of 1945 with 5 Bronze Stars. After his discharge from the service, Bernard returned to the Titonka area where he worked for Bradley Brothers, Schutjer Implement, and as a truck driver and carpenter.
On September 12, 1947 Bernard married LuElla Holtorf at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Titonka, Iowa. They started farming north of Woden in 1951. In 1952, they moved north of Britt and continued farming. Bernard’s love of farming, milking cows, and raising hogs ended in 2016 when his health forced him to retire at the age of 92.
Over the years, Bernard was on the Britt Coop Elevator Board and served one year as its president, was a trustee for Britt Township, and belonged to the American Legion and VFW Posts in Britt. He also served on the Hancock County Pork Producers Board, worked with the Dissolution Committee for the Britt Creamery, and was a member of the First Lutheran Church.
Bernard was always willing to lend a helping hand to family, friends, neighbors or even a stranger in need. Over the years, Bernard and LuElla enjoyed traveling and going on fishing trips to Canada with family and friends. Bernard also looked forward to attending the Army reunions that were held around the country to reconnect with his Army buddies. For 20 years, Bernard and LuElla were able to enjoy winters at their home in Pharr, Texas.
Bernard is survived by his children, Dennis (Jill) Pannkuk of Clear Lake and Diane (Rayneal) McKim of Altoona; grandchildren Matt (Paulina Poplawska) Pannkuk, Amy (Ross) Hughes and their daughter Emma, Josh Pannkuk, Michael McKim and his children Breanna, Zoe and Alicia, Stacey McKim, and Molly (Mike) Vincent; sister-in-law Patricia Pannkuk; along with many extended family members and friends.
Bernard was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, LuElla; his parents Boyd Pannkuk and Gesena Beenken; stepfather Herman Beenken; sisters Frances Brunsen, Berniece Post, and Bertha Hesley; his brothers Herbert Pannkuk and Boyd Pannkuk; brothers-in-law Melvin Post, Raleigh Hesley, John Brunsen; and sister-in-law Rina Pannkuk.
We would like to thank the Westview Care Center staff for the care they provided for Bernard during his stay there.
Bernard’s family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Britt VFW Post or the Britt Food Bank and sent to their attention c/o Ewing Funeral Home, P.O. Box 342, Britt, Iowa, 50423.