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“Aunt Kay and family, We are sorry to hear about Uncle John. You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.Christie and Tye Pannkuk Family ”
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“We fondly remember John and Kay walking down the sidewalk holding hands. Such a loving couple. Sorry for your loss. ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Gary and Joan McVoy - Fort Wayne, IN

“My prayers and condolences go out to the family. ”
3 of 7 | Posted by: Kathy Kucher-Lauritsen - Granbury, TX

“Karen, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers during this time of grief. ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Susan Motz

“My deepest sympathies to all of you. He was influential in my faith formation as well as.my interest in becoming a pastor. I know you will miss him....Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Joel Brown

“We are so sorry to hear about John's passing. We remember what a wonderful person he was and how he was so welcoming when we first moved to Fort...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Steve and Karen Lovell - Oswego, IL

“OurPastor at St John for many years ”
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Rev. John B. Pannkuk, 83, joined the Church Triumphant on April 28, 2019, while at his home in Fort Wayne, Indiana, surrounded by his family. John was born September 4, 1935, the son of Rev. John Sr. and Ruth (Janzig) Pannkuk, in Monticello, IA. John grew up in Iowa, along with four brothers, attending churches his father served. He graduated from Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, in 1958 then married Kay Overbeck on August 17, 1958 in Monona, Iowa. John responded to God's call to serve the church and graduated from Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, in 1962 and was ordained into ministry on May 26, 1962. His first call was to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Irwin, Iowa, 1962-1966. John then served at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Audubon, Iowa, 1966-1969 before moving to Indiana to serve Peace Lutheran Church, Evansville, Indiana, 1969-1981 then St. John Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1981-2000. In retirement, John continued serving Fort Wayne area congregations as Interim pulpit supply. One of John's strengths was getting to know his congregation and allowing his congregation to know him. Each of these pastorates and congregations brought him great joy and fulfillment, as he cherished the families that he served. The foundation of John's ministry included empowering and encouraging others to use their gifts for active involvement in the mission and ministry of the church, outreach ministry, compassionate counseling and helping others look for the focus on God's grace, mercy, and love in the scriptures and in daily life. John also considered pastoral continuing education of primary importance in his ministry and was passionate about Christian education, valuing the many experiences and relationships with St. John Lutheran School faculty members, students and their families. Church service outside of the congregation was an important aspect of John's ministry, as he was a leader in the larger church and community, serving in various capacities, including ELCA IN-KY Synod Council, Bishops Mutual Ministry Committee Chair, IN-KY Synod Mission Planning Board, IN-KY Synod Worship Team, ELCA Formation Planning Team, IN-KY Synod Northeast Conference Dean, Parish Education Board of Directors, Wernle Home Board of Directors, Lutheran Social Services Board of Directors, and YMCA Board of Directors. John's love of athletics led him to be an avid runner and golfer, and to coach a variety of sports over the years. He always recognized and appreciated God's presence in nature. He loved working outdoors, taking pride in the overall care of his lawn and landscape and enjoyed relaxing on the patio, where he took in the beauty of the outdoors. John valued traveling with family, experiencing the awe and wonder of God's creation. He especially enjoyed yearly trips along the Michigan coastline, treasuring the magnificent views of the lake, sand dunes, marinas, and lighthouses. Another annual favorite trip was traveling to Florida to spend time walking on the beaches, sightseeing and viewing amazing sunsets. John was blessed to enjoy 18 years of retirement with Kay, wintering in Arizona, where they spent time with family and good friends. John's gentle, caring spirit, strong faith, commitment to a life of service and love of his family defined who he was. Well done good and faithful servant.

John is preceded in death by his son, David John; father, Rev. John Sr; and mother, Ruth. John is survived by his wife of 60 years, Kay; two children, Karen and Mark; granddaughter, Lindsay; brothers, Richard (JoAnn) of San Antonio, TX, Robert (Joy) of Cedar Rapids, IA, James (Bev) of Sun City, AZ, Karl (Ellie) of Sun City West, AZ; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held 10:30 am, Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Messiah Lutheran Church (7211 Stellhorn Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815) with visitation one hour prior. The Rev. Dr. William Gafkjen, Bishop of the Indiana Kentucky Synod of the ELCA, will preach and Rev. Timothy Graham will preside. Visitation will also be from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Messiah Lutheran Church on Friday, May 3, 2019. A luncheon follows immediately after the service in the fellowship hall then committal at St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Fort Wayne.

Preferred memorials may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church or Wartburg Theological Seminary.

Arrangements were entrusted by D.O. McComb and Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.