Thomas J. Panka

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Thomas J. Panka, Sr., 79, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2019, at his home in Prairie du Chien. 

Thomas James, the son of Thomas Henry and Helen Ann (Konichek) Panka, was born Dec. 28, 1939 in Prairie du Chien.

He graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1957 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy shortly after graduation. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1957 until 1961. Tom worked for the Howe Ribstone Silo Company as well as Skyline Mobile Home Company before Gencor Bituma. He retired from Gencor Bituma after 28 years.

Tom was united in marriage with Shirley Cull on Feb. 11, 1964. She passed away on June 14, 2018. He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. He enjoyed fishing, squirrel hunting, woodworking, gardening and playing guitar. He really enjoyed spending time with his family and playing euchre.

Tom is survived by his three children, Maria (Dan) Titlbach, Thomas James “T.J.” Panka, Jr., and John Panka, all of Prairie du Chien; five grandchildren, Holly (Jeremy) Pickett, Sarah (Patrick) Brown, Jordon (Jeanie) Panka, Carter Titlbach, and John Titlbach; six great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn (Logan) King, Laken Panka, Elisabeth Pickett, Charlie Panka, Mack Pickett, and Adaline Brown; one great-great-grandchild, Peyton King; and one sister, Mary Schier of Mexico, Mo.

Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; his parents; and his siblings, Jean Albin, Rosemary Delury, Marcella Panka and Robert Panka. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was Monday morning, May 20, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Prairie du Chien. Rev. James Weighner was the Celebrant. Burial was in the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery, Eastman. The Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Prairie du Chien, is helping the family with the arrangements.

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