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Darrell E. Jahnke

August 14, 1937 October 1, 2018
Darrell E. Jahnke
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Obituary for Darrell E. Jahnke

Darrell “Butch” Jahnke, 81, of Abrams, went home to his Heavenly Father on Monday, October 1st. Darrell was born in the family homestead at Abrams, August 14, 1937, son of Myrtle (Ellner) and Edward Jahnke. Darrell ventured away from Oconto county once really, to join the U.S. Marine Corps immediately after high school. For 4 years he experienced places like California and Japan before returning home. He farmed the homestead his entire life, but also had several off-farm careers. For 14 years he worked at Fort Howard Paper in Green Bay. Next he became the most popular U.S. Rural Mail carrier in Abrams – thanks in large part to the doggie biscuits he routinely carried in his truck for all his four legged friends along his 300 mile route each day. Darrell was THE rural carrier for Abrams for 30 years. In retirement he doted on his family and especially his grandson, Jayden Virtues. He was active in the Oconto Falls FFA as a youth and supported it as an adult; was a leader on the church council at Calvary Lutheran in Abrams; and focused on being the World’s Greatest Grandpa.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Beverly (Vasquez); children, Pam (Randy) Welch, Madison; Michelle (Gary) Virtues, Little Suamico; and Darrell T. Jahnke, Abrams. He also has one grandson, Jayden Virtues, Little Suamico and two step-grandsons, Matt and NateVirtues, Howard. Proceeded in death by his parents, as well as brother, Roy Jahnke, Abrams and sister, Delores Kuhn, Brookside.

Many thanks to all the wonderful caregivers that Darrell has had at Davita Dialysis, Green Bay and St. Clare Dialysis in Oconto Falls; St. Vincent, Green Bay; St. Clare Hospital in Oconto Falls; Atrium Post Acute Care, Oconto Falls; and especially the genuine kindness, care and concern from Dr. Thomas Smith, Pastor Matt Stuebs and Mr. Bill Gallagher. The family is truly blessed and thankful for you all.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto, from 4 to 8 PM Friday, October 5, 2018. Visitation will continue on Saturday, October 6 from 10 to 11 AM at Calvary Lutheran Church, Abrams. Funeral services will be conducted 11 AM Saturday at the church with the Rev. Matt Stuebs officiating. Burial will be at Brookside Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.gallagherfuneralhome.net.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts be sent to Calvary Lutheran Church in Abrams.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

5

Oct

4:00 PM 10/5/2018 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 10/5/2018 8:00:00 PM
Gallagher Funeral Home & Cremation Service

217 Congress St.
Oconto, WI 54153

Gallagher Funeral Home & Cremation Service
217 Congress St. Oconto 54153 WI
United States

Visitation

Saturday

6

Oct

10:00 AM 10/6/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 10/6/2018 11:00:00 AM
Calvary Lutheran Church

5716 Main St.
Abrams, WI 54101

Calvary Lutheran Church
5716 Main St. Abrams 54101 WI
United States

Service

Saturday

6

Oct

11:00 AM 10/6/2018 11:00:00 AM
Calvary Lutheran Church

5716 Main St.
Abrams, WI 54101

Funeral service by Rev. Matt Stuebs.

Calvary Lutheran Church
5716 Main St. Abrams 54101 WI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Brookside Cemetery Final Resting Place

4309 Brookside Cemetery Road
Abrams, WI 54101

4309 Brookside Cemetery Road Abrams 54101 WI
United States
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