Floyd Schanke

Floyd Parker Schanke

Friday, May 13th, 1932 - Wednesday, December 16th, 2020
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Floyd Parker Schanke (88) born May 13, 1932, of Onalaska, died peacefully on December 16, 2020 at Hillview Health Care Center in La Crosse, WI with his beloved wife of 67 years at his side.

Floyd graduated from Independence High School in Independence, IA. He worked at John Deere Company for a short time before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force, where he served for 23 years. His deployments included Newfoundland, Japan and Viet Nam. He then went on to serve 17 years as County Veterans Service Officer for La Crosse County.

His time in the military allowed Floyd and Marcella to travel the world and meet many friends along the way. After retirement, Floyd enjoyed many years on his boat fishing the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi, with his companion Benji. Floyd was an avid outdoorsman, and his love and passion for fishing and hunting inspired others. Grandpa loved spending time with his grandkids, sharing stories, eating sweet treats and pinching a penny.

Floyd will be lovingly remembered by his wife Marcella Schanke, his sister Pauline (Jim) Donahue, his children Gary Schanke, Judy (Timothy) Eck, Rodney Schanke, grandchildren Adrienne (Ryan) Kamerick, Jennifer (Justin) DeBlasis, Kyle (Jennifer) Eck, Alexandria Schanke (Ross Holt), Hailee (Matthew) Buehler, and 8 great grandchildren; Carson, Marin, Owen, Stella, Kade, Elise, Parker, and Jamison. Floyd was preceded in death by his best companion, Benji, mother Eva (Hurd) Schanke, father Lloyd Schanke, and siblings Wilma, Edna, Betty, Kenneth, and Bob.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date when we can all gather together safely. The family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation to their favorite charity in Floyd Schanke's name.
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Tom Morris

Posted at 02:48pm
I am so sorry to hear of Floyds passing. We were very good friends and spent many hours fishing together. My sympathy go's out to Marcella and his family. Somewhere above the clouds in Gods kingdom we all must believe he is with Benje and probably fishing. I will plant a tree in his honor. Regards, Tom Morris

Ben Bosshart

Posted at 06:10pm
My sympathies to Marcella, Rodney, Gary and Judy. I have many fond memories of Floyd introducing me to the finest (and cheapest) eating establishments in the area when I first came to town (and for years thereafter). I remember many times Floyd telling me a joke and always cracked up just before or during trying to deliver the punch line. He was a good man. It was a joy and honor to know him.

John Wheelock

Posted at 12:22pm
I was Floyd's first appointment to the USAF Officer Training School in 1963. I have thought of him often and wondered where he was and what he was doing. I wish I could have connected with him. I'm sorry he's gone. I have a high regard for the man who started me off on an Air Force career. John Wheelock

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