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William D. Pankau, 86, of Champaign, died at 10:55am on October 5, 2019 at Bickford Cottage in Champaign. There will be a visitation at Owens Funeral Home (101 N. Elm St.) in Champaign from 4:00-6:00pm on Tuesday, October 8. The Rosary Service will be at 3:30. The funeral service will be at 10:00am on Wednesday October 9 at Holy Cross Catholic Church (403 W. Clark St.) in Champaign. Entombment will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Champaign.
William Pankau was born on January 31, 1933 in Champaign, a son of Edward and Mary (Hausman) Pankau. He married Phyllis Bermingham on October 27, 1956 in Champaign. She survives and resides in Champaign.
Other survivors include: three sons, Steve (Jill) Pankau, Tom Pankau, Rich (Amie) Pankau, all of Champaign; one daughter, Joni (Sharon) Pankau of Navarre Beach, FL; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Kenny (Sarita) Pankau and Jim (Mary Ann) Pankau, both of Champaign.
Bill was a longtime member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, VFW Post #5520, the Champaign Elks Club and the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #1545 in Casey. He was a proud veteran and served his country in the Army, where he was in the Signal Corps from 1953-1955. Bill spent over 60 years as a member of Local #149, working as a Plumber and Pipefitter.
Please make a donation in Bill's name to Holy Cross Catholic Church.