Daniel Hanke

Daniel Hanke

Tuesday, March 17th, 1953 - Thursday, February 11th, 2021
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Daniel A. Hanke passed into the loving arms of our Savior on Thursday, Feb 11th, surrounded by loved ones. Dan was born on March 17, 1953, in Winona, Minnesota. He married his wife, Sheryl, in 1974 and they were blessed with 3 children and 4 grandchildren. He served his Lord as Family Minister at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sparta, WI, for 20 years. Prior to that he served in Law Enforcement in South Dakota. He recently retired to Big Bend, WI. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, camping in the Boundary Waters of Northern Mn, and any activities with his local Lion's Club.

He will be reunited in heaven someday with his wife Sheryl (Lillge), children Kristi (Peter) Jensen, Nathan (Jamie) Hanke, Kari (Dan) Schultz, his parents Willis and Geraldine Hanke, Sisters Lynda, Marlys, Eileen, Sharon, Karen, Brothers Jim, Tom, John, Tim, as well as many other family members and dear friends.

His life changed completely when he became a “Bumpa”. He loved his 4 grandchildren fiercely and never missed an opportunity to sit and tell them stories about his childhood, ask them about their day, make them laugh or read them a book. We knew he was smitten when he snuggled in to watch “Frozen” with his granddaughter, a surprising choice for this John Wayne/Old Western movie fan.

Dan touched many lives throughout his life and ministry, but he will certainly be remembered most for his sense of humor. He found a way to laugh his way through tough situations and helped others do the same. His sense of humor and complete trust in God’s plan for his life never wavered, even throughout his courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Dan was a true patriot who loved his country and the opportunities it provided. He taught his children and grandchildren that their successes and their failures were their own, nobody else's. He instilled the belief that the direction their lives took directly correlated with the choices they made and h ow much they relied on the Lord's guidance. His strong faith, great sense of humor and ability to find the best in every situation was a blessing and an inspiration to everyone in his life.

A private service will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, February 17th. The service will be live streamed and can be accessed using the link posted below.

A memorial for Dan will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sparta, WI, on Sunday, April 11th (8:00am and 10:30am services) as well as Monday, April 12th (6pm).
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In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of the causes that Dan was passionate about.
Christ Lutheran School in Big Bend, Eastside Lutheran School in Madison, Lion's Eye Bank of Wisconsin,
Wisconsin Lions Special Needs Camp, or your local Lions Club
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Posted at 01:13pm
For Nate and your family in memory of your father Daniel. From your Covance MedSci family.
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Terry Schallert

Posted at 11:52am
Cheryl and family, My prayers and thoughts are with you! It is difficult through the pain of loss to praise our Savior for the life Dan has had, the person he has been, and the life he now enjoys. He was, for me, friend, confidant, counsellor, and during one portion of our ministry together something of a Staupitz to my Luther. May God bless you all - Terry Schallert

Diane Huber

Posted at 09:21am
Dan was an amazing person who enjoyed life to the fullest. He a good friend friend and fellow lions member. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends during this difficult time

Susan Olson

Posted at 10:50am
So very sad to hear of Dan's passing. My Dad (Chuck Bluske) just loved that man. Swapping cop stories, fishing stories, and of course, religion. Dan was there for my Dad in his final days, and I know that my Dad was super happy when he saw Dan again up in heaven. Dan was a great man, and will be deeply missed. Hugs & prayers to Sheryl and family.

Elsa Trammell Yohn

Posted at 08:11am
So sorry for your loss. Dan always had a smile and a handshake that conveyed how much he loved Jesus. He spent many visits with my mom Elsa Yeske during her long illness. I'm sure he was there when my step-dad died also. He didn't judge just listened and shared his encouragement with God's Word and his smile. I was glad to get to know him during my Sparta days and and visiting mom. Till we meet again at Jesus feet...peace to Dan's family thru Jesus.

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