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Edward Harry Banke

September 12, 1927 January 5, 2019
Edward Harry Banke
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Edward Harry Banke entered into his Heavenly home peacefully on January 5th. He was born in Sheridan, Oregon on September 12, 1927. He went to school in McMinnville and was the third oldest of eight children. He proudly served in the Army Air Force.

Ed married Jean Ardell Chastain from Salem, Oregon on June 2, 1951 for 36 years. They had two sons; Gary and Robert and lived on a farm just outside of Lafayette, Oregon. Ed was later married to Donna Joy Banke in 1988 and they were married for 23 years.

He worked as a mechanic at Gilbert Tilbury (currently Chuck Colvin Ford) for about 13 years, then for Jack Squires General Contractor as a mechanic and metal fabricator for 17 years. He finished his career the last 11+ years at McMinnville Water & Light as Equipment Supervisor, retiring in 1987.

Ed was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, McMinnville, and the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Branch No. 15. He was extremely gifted mechanically and loved creating things with his hands. He enjoyed collecting and restoring early flywheel gas engines. He loved showing his restoration projects annually at Antique Powerland in Brooks, Oregon.

Proceeded in death, Martin and Mary Banke (parents), Marvin Banke (brother), Jean Banke (wife), Donna Banke (wife) and grandsons, Derek Banke and Scott Banke. Survivors include sons; Gary and wife Cindy of McKinney, Texas and Bob and wife Carmen of McMinnville, Oregon, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and siblings; Victor Banke, Dorothy Tapp, Donald Banke, Martin Banke, James Banke and Shirley Caldwell.

Service will be held on Saturday, January 12th at 2:00pm at St. John Lutheran Church, McMinnville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Branch No. 15 or Oregon’s Hunter’s Association/Yamhill County Chapter.

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St. John Lutheran Church

2142 NE McDonald Lane
McMinnville, OR 97128

St. John Lutheran Church
2142 NE McDonald Lane McMinnville 97128 OR
United States

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