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Eugene F. Banke
(11-10-1922 - 10-04-2017)

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Eugene Fredrick Banke, 94 of Elgin passed away on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. He was born on November 10, 1922 in Buchanan Michigan to Raymond and Grace Goodnella Banke he resided in South Bend IN until he joined the US Army in 1939 until his honorable discharge then he served in the National Guard. Gene was employed as an electrical engineer for most of his civilian life. Gene loved all things military and his family. He was a member of the American Legion Post 57, Masonic Temple, Order of the Eastern Star and past Post Commander of the AMVETS Post 202. Gene was a founding member of the Veterans Memorial Park Association in Elgin and was proud he could contribute to such a worthwhile memorial. He is survived by his wife Linda, Children Don (Nadine), Jim (Debbie), Sandra (Jimmy) and David (Natasha), 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Gene was preceded in death by his son Michael, daughter Barbara, grandchild David Henry, 2 sisters Louise Schwartz and Marie Hawkins, and his brother Hubert. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday, October 14 at Laird Funeral Home, Elgin. Burial with military honors will follow at Union Cemetery, Union. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 9:00 AM until the time of the services. A funeral luncheon will be at 1:30 PM Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Grade School, Elgin in the gymnasium. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Immanuel Baptist Church, Elgin. For information call 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.

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