Jeffery M Panke, 50, of La Crosse passed away unexpectedly on October 24th, 2018 at his home. He was born December 17, 1967 in La Crosse, the son of Fred and Sheila (Silver) Panke. He was a wonderful and beautiful son in heart and soul and loving brother which we will always cherish and never forget. After his birth, his parents moved to Onalaska where he went through the school system and was a hard-core wrestler starting in middle school and all four years of high school toning his skills, competing in many meets and tournaments and eventually advancing to state achieving his ultimate goal. After high school, he enlisted in the Army and later in the Airforce, serving as an aircraft flying pattern interceptor in Italy. In 1990, he married Angela Carini in Las Vegas (they later divorced) and to that union were born, Anthony and Alyssa Panke.
He enrolled at UW La Crosse in business and Finance with a minor in accounting graduating in May 1993. He was employed by the School District of La Crosse for 8 years until his death. Jeff was compassionate and respectful to all and loved by all that met him, he was one of a kind. He helped so many, including children.
He is survived by his children, Anthony (Kylie Sannes) and Alyssa Panke; granddaughter, Everly; parents, Fred and Sheila; brother, Kevin of Dakota, MN and his children, Kelsey, Jordan and Corbin; uncle, Tom (Luann Milbrandt) Silver of Random Lake, WI, and his children, Tania, Tara, and Tina; Uncle Charles (Marlene) Panke of Bichheim, France; Kimberly Goodno-Panke; and his beloved step-children, Kyle Goodno (Katie Johnson) and Alyssa “CJ” Seiler (Steffen Hamby) and their daughter Aspen; Robert Goodno; and his fur babies, Shadow and Pita.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Benjamin and Vivian Silver; by his paternal grandparents, Robert and Wenonah Panke; Aunt Patricia Silver; paternal great grandparent, Fred and Anna (Thill) Zisch; Uncle, Jim; Judy Goodno, mother of Kimberly; numerous aunts; uncles; cousins; and cat, Sheena (2018).
A memorial service will be held in his honor on Friday, November 9th, 2018 at 5 PM with a gathering being held from 3 PM until the time of the service in the Gathering Place, at Coulee Region Cremation Group, 133 Mason St., Onalaska.