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David James Wanken

November 22, 1954 January 2, 2019
David James Wanken
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Obituary for David James Wanken

David James Wanken, 64, of Ottawa, passed away on Wednesday night, January 2, 2019 at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center, in Joliet. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 7, 2019 at the Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa, with Rev. David Kipfer, Pastor of Ottawa Catholic Parishes, officiating. Burial will follow at St. Columba Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, at the funeral home. David was born on November 22, 1954 in Fort Dodge, IA to Leo and Mary Catherine (Huibsch) Wanken. David graduated from Marquette High School in 1973. He then went to Joliet Junior College and received a degree in production agriculture in 1975. David had a career in farming for 20 years and then went to work for MBL. David loved farming and being outdoors. He enjoyed boating, skiing, gardening, laughing, and lots of pepper! He also enjoyed learning about cars, specifically Mustangs, and he treasured his conversations with his nephews about the Mustangs they all owned. David more than anything, loved spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his daughter, Lindsey (Nicholas) Spence, of Ottawa, a son Matthew (Bridget Draxler) Wanken, of Northfield, MN, 5 grandchildren, Dylan, Jack, and Benjamin Spence, and Leif and Marit Wanken, 3 brothers, John Wanken, of Killeen, TX, Joseph Wanken, of O’Fallon, IL, and Lawrence (Vicki) Wanken, of Hollister, CA, and 2 sisters, Anne (Kurt) Schneider, of Naperville, and Jane Berndt, of Chicago. He was preceded in death by his parents. Pallbearers will be Matt Wanken, Nicholas Spence, Kurt Schneider, Neil Schneider, and John Wanken. Honorary pallbearers will be Joseph Wanken and Lawrence Wanken. Memorials may be directed to the family.


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Visitation

Sunday

6

Jan

12:00 PM 1/6/2019 12:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 1/6/2019 3:00:00 PM
Mueller Funeral Home, Ottawa

800 First Avenue
Ottawa, IL 61350

Mueller Funeral Home, Ottawa
800 First Avenue Ottawa 61350 IL
United States

Funeral Service

Monday

7

Jan

10:00 AM 1/7/2019 10:00:00 AM
Mueller Funeral Home, Ottawa

800 First Avenue
Ottawa, IL 61350

Mueller Funeral Home, Ottawa
800 First Avenue Ottawa 61350 IL
United States

Graveside Service

Monday

7

Jan

11:30 AM 1/7/2019 11:30:00 AM
Mueller Funeral Home, Ottawa

800 First Avenue
Ottawa, IL 61350

Mueller Funeral Home, Ottawa
800 First Avenue Ottawa 61350 IL
United States
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