|Birth: ||Apr. 9, 1917|
|Death: ||Nov. 6, 1944, Germany|
The Sterling Sun
Thursday, December 7, 1944
On last Sunday morning at 11:00 o'clock, at St. John's Lutheran church south of Sterling, memorial services were held to pay tribute to Sergeant Lloyd Panko, who had paid the supreme price for Peace.
The pastor Rev. P. Waldschmidt, had charge of the service and used for his text, John II, 35. Sergeant Panko was a member of the church and the following obituary was read by the Pastor:
"Word was received from the war department last week that the first of our boys in service, Sergeant Lloyd Panko, had been killed in action in the German theater of war on November 6, 1944.
"Our deceased brother was born April 9, 1917. He was baptized and confirmed here in our church. In July, 1939, he entered the service of our country. As a member of Co. B., 18th Infantry division he received his training in this country. After being sent overseas he was in actual combat in Africa, Sicily and France. At the beginning of this year he was for some time in England, either wounded or for a rest. He took part in the invasion until on the sixth of November God granted the peace unto him for which we are all longing.
"Yes, God called him let us not forget that. May the war in itself be the devil's work and those who provoked it be the devil's servant, our individual life rests in God's hand and without this will not a hair fall off of our head.
"According to the last letter Lloyd was firm in this faith. "There, he said, 'they were falling wounded, dying, moaning and crying all around me but God's hand protected me.' And he was always glad when he received the devotionals to find comfort and strength in them.
"His father and mother preceded him in death. Those who mourn his departure are his sister, Anna, Mrs. Clark Hall, of Elmwood and his brother, Kenneth, who is a member of the Coast Guard, stationed at Baltimore, Md. There are a host of relatives and friends included and the whole congregation who mourn his death. May God grant it with us that we meet him again in the land of perfect peace."
Gottfried Christian Panko (1881 - 1939)
Bertha M. Hillsburg Panko (1892 - 1936)
South Saint John Lutheran Cemetery
Created by: Carolyn Dennis Kress
Record added: Nov 11, 2012
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