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Tom Schrank

Monday, October 23, 2006

Tom Schrank, 75, of Danbury, was found dead Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006, at his residence in rural Danbury.

Thomas Howard Schrank was born March 27, 1931, on the family farm just west of Danbury, the son of Simon and Gertrude (Sexton) Schrank. Except for the time he served his country with the United States Army, Tom lived his entire life in the Danbury community. He excelled in school sports and graduated from Danbury Public High School with the class of 1950.

In 1960, he married Norma Donaldson. To this union, three children were born, Steve, Sheri, and Sandi.

Tom enjoyed his life as a farmer and shared this interest in agriculture with his father and son. He also drove school bus for many years for the Maple Valley School District. Tom appreciated his life's work in farming but his greatest joy was found in his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Survivors include his son, Steve, and his wife, Lori, of Le Mars; two daughters and their husbands, Sheri and Kerry Rowe also of Le Mars and Sandi and Chad Kounkel of Merrill; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Schrank, Sarah Schrank, Lexi Koopman, Brett Schrank, Cassie Rowe, Thomas "T.J." Kounkel, and Tate Kounkel; two great-grandchildren, Trenton and Emma Segebart; and one sister and her husband, Mary Lou and Emmet Wolf of Cleghorn; along with numerous other relatives, neighbors, and friends.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, and one infant brother, George.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Danbury, with the Rev. Terry Roder officiating. Burial was in Danbury Catholic Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the American Legion Carlson-Frum Post 336 of Danbury. Visitation was after 2 p.m. Friday, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m. and a vigil service at 7 p.m., at the church.

Pallbearers were Denny Ortner, Bill Ortner, Leon "Swede" Ortner, Gary Brouillette, Arnie "Butch" Grell and Tom Schimmer.

Arrangements were under the direction of Armstrong Funeral Home in Danbury and Mapleton.