The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


February 21, 2013

Emery 'Jim' Alex Yanko

DANVILLE — Emery “Jim” Alex Yanko, 90, passed away Feb. 19, 2013, at his home.

He was born March 18, 1922, in South Bend, Ind., to Emery Philip and Agnes (Drosda) Yanko. He was married for almost 61 years to Virginia Ruth Brownsing, whom he married on Dec. 29, 1945, just four months after their meeting.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and his brother, David Yanko Porter, of Butler, Penn.

Survivors include eight children, Cheri (Jerry) Elliott of Danville, Vickie Jones of Muskego, Wis., Gregory Yanko of Austin, Texas, James (Kathy) Yanko of Centerville, Ohio, Patrick Yanko of Hillsborough, N.C., Karen Yanko of Colorado Springs, Colo., Kathy Boddy of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Michelle “Shay” Anspach of Oakwood. Survivors also include 18 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one more on the way and five great-great-grandchildren. Longtime family friend, Mary Sue Lucas, also survives him.

As a young adult, he worked for two years in Civilian Conservation Corps camps in various states. Emery volunteered for service in the Army Air Corps in June 1942. He served his country with the 100th Airborne Troop carriers in the European campaigns until September 1945. After the war, he was employed at the Studebaker plant in South Bend, Ind., working there for 10 years until it closed in 1955. For the next 30 years, he continued his career as a model maker for General Electric in Danville until retiring in 1984. He was blessed to have a job he enjoyed and made many life-long friends there.

Emery was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans of Danville. He was an avid reader, especially of western novels with his favorite being Louis L’Amour books. Emery took pride in his home and was the perpetual handyman. He played golf, bowled in a league and enjoyed watching NASCAR and college sports. He spent many happy hours supporting his children and grandchildren at their sporting events and school activities. He was a wonderful, loving husband, father and grandfather. Emery will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

A celebration of Emery’s life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St., in Danville. Father Dennis O’Riley will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 10-11 a.m. Burial will follow the service at Sunset Memorial Park where military honors will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church, 444 E. Main St., Danville, IL 61832 or to the American Legion Post #210, 201 W. Prospect Place, Danville, IL 61832.

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