Elden A. Janke, 85, passed away August 10, 2019

Elden A. Janke, 85, of Bainbridge Twp. passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, August 16, 2019 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 3713 Naomi Rd., Sodus with Pastor Robert Duehlmeyer officiating. Burial will take place at Crystal Springs Cemetery in Benton Harbor. Friends may visit from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd. St. Joseph. Memorial contributions may be made to Berrien County Youth Fair Craft Barn or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence for the family may do so online at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Elden was born on July 23, 1934 in South Bend, IN to Reinhold & Lydia (Skibbe) Janke. He was a graduate of Eau Claire High School class of 1953. Elden proudly served his country in the United States National Guard for 9 years. On April 16, 1960, he wed Helen ‘Kay’ Kaiser at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Sodus. Elden worked at Whirlpool in the Research & Engineering department as a chemical lab analyst for 42 years before retiring. He was a member and former elder at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, past member of the Van Buren Flywheelers, the Tri-State Gas Engine & Tractor Association, the FFA and a volunteer for many years at the Berrien County Youth Fair. In his spare time, he enjoyed restoring antique International Harvester and Farmall tractors, instructing woodworking in 4-H and spending time gardening and farming. Elden was “Mr. Fix It” and was always helping others.

He is survived by Kay, his loving wife of 59 years; daughters Suzanne (John) Griffith of Benton Harbor and Sheryl Janke of Kalamazoo; grandchildren Kristina (Travis) Wiltzius and Kelsey Griffith; sister Evelyn (Andrew) Robinson; brother Neal Janke; nieces Lynne (Chris) Markiewicz and Laura (Robert) Kramek.

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

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