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Jerry E. Lanka

Jerry E. Lanka, 73, of St. Paul, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, at St. Paul. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Christ Lutheran Church in St. Paul. The Rev. Thomas Clark will officiate. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Lanka was born on May 6, 1936, southeast of St. Paul, the son of James and Hilda (Dobish) Lanka. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Lanka of St. Paul; two daughters and sons-in-law, Audrey and Brian Lukasiewicz of St. Paul and Val and Randy Nielsen of Grand Island; one son and daughter-in-law, Rod and Jana Lanka of Ogallala; and one brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Shirley Lanka of St. Paul. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Selena Wardyn and her husband, Neil of Grand Island, Matthew Lukasiewicz and his wife, Brooke of Kearney, Brandon Nielsen and his special friend, Natalie Hameloth of Grand Island, Nichole Nielsen and her special friend, Jared Calver of Lincoln, Hunter Lanka of York and Tyson Lanka of Ogallala; two great-grandsons, Krae Wardyn of Grand Island, Aiden Lukasiewicz of Kearney and Baby Wardyn on the way; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Velda and Butch Peters of St. Paul; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Roger and Annette Ogard of St. Paul; as well as, nieces and nephews. Jerry grew up on the family farm and attended Dist. 65 Original Bunker Hill School and was a 1955 graduate of St. Paul High School. He was united in marriage to Charlotte A. Ogard on July 21, 1957, at St. Paul. The couple lived on the Lanka home place where they farmed. He worked as a brakeman/conductor for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad for 39 years from 1959 to 1998. In 2005, the couple moved from the farm into St. Paul, where he lived the rest of his life. He was baptized in 1990 at Christ Lutheran Church in St. Paul where he considered it an honor to serve on the funeral committee for many years. Jerry enjoyed gardening and raising watermelons and cantaloupes, which he shared with his family and friends. He always had a love for flying airplanes and was a member of the Howard County Flying Club for 14 years. He also enjoyed traveling very much. He and Charlotte went to several parts of Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii and other parts of the United States. His favorite gifts to receive were chocolate candy, nuts and popcorn. He was preceded in death by his parents and his in-laws, Myron “Mike” and Anna Ogard. Memorials are suggested to Christ Lutheran Church or the Howard County Hospital Foundation.

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Dear Lanka Family, I send my deepest sympathies on the passing of your husband, Dad and Grandpa. I remember Jerry as always being such a gentleman with a warm smile. He is leaving such a rich legacy in all of you. May God comfort your hearts as you grieve but yet celebrate his life....a life well-lived. God Bless you. Lovingly, Gayle and Family

Gayle (Ritz) Lacey Sep 3 2009 12:00 AM

Charlotte and family, So very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Diana Dobish & Paul Fergason

Diana Dobish Aug 31 2009 12:00 AM

Charlotte and family Our deepest sympathy to all.May God be with each of you at this diffcult time and always.Keep your faith and special memories close to your heart as they Gods gifts.

Elaine Dale Nowak and family Aug 30 2009 12:00 AM

Charlotte and Family, We were sorry to see of Jerry's passing and send out deepest sympathy for your loss. Larry and Jeanette (Ryan) Klein

Larry and Jeanette (Ryan) Klein Aug 30 2009 12:00 AM

Dearest Uncle Jerry, I choose to think you are still here in some way watching over those you love and who love you - letting us know you are at peace. Send comfort to Aunt Charlotte, my dear cousins Audrey, Rodney, and Valerie, their loved ones, all the grandchildren and great grandchildren, and to my dad who mourns losing his brother. I hope you are also with those who have gone before you. Give Grandma a big hug for me. She’s probably either with Aunt Sylvie or out fishing somewhere wearing some kind of heavenly straw hat. She is missed…you are missed. May God’s love and blessings be with you forever. Lori (Lanka) Amico New Hampshire

Lori (Lanka) Amico Aug 27 2009 12:00 AM

Out thoughts and prayers go out to your family at this difficult time. Please know that we are thinking of you always and are here if you need us for anything. May God bless you and surround you all with his loving arms.

Brian & Dot Rosacker and Family Aug 27 2009 12:00 AM

Charlotte and family. I am sorry to hear about the passing of Jerry. Jerry was a very friendly gentleman. I know that no words are appropriate at time like this but just would like you to know we are thinking of you and your family.

Tonya Bruha Aug 27 2009 12:00 AM

Charlotte and family, We're sorry for your loss. Dick & Jackie Helleberg

Dick & Jackie Helleberg Aug 27 2009 12:00 AM

Charlotte and family, sorry to read of Jerry's passing. Our thoughts are with you all at this time. Ken and Francie (Rasmussen) Ostermeier

Ken and Francie Ostermeier Aug 26 2009 12:00 AM