Obituary: Todd Anthony Pankey
Two services were conducted for Todd Anthony Pankey, who died Feb. 19, 2001, at Washoe Medical Center in Reno from injuries sustained Feb. 16 in an automobile collision on Pioneer Trail. He was 37.
Mr. Pankey was born Nov. 25, 1963, at Watseka, Ill., and had been a resident of South Lake Tahoe since October 1996. He was raised in Clifton, Ill., and had lived in Florida, California and Gardnerville, Nev., before moving to Tahoe. He was a surgical instrument technician at Barton Memorial Hospital for nine years and also owned and operated Pankey Enterprises, a cleaning and maintenance business.
Mr. Pankey was involved with short term Christian missions to Central America, where he assisted with construction and taught children the Bible. He also was a volunteer with Special Olympics and helped coach the athletic teams. He loved 4-wheeling and all water sports, especially jet skis, and enjoyed traveling and exploring. Mr. Pankey especially loved spending time with his wife and sons. His earlier decision to donate his organs has saved the lives of three people, and many others will be helped due to his generosity.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Pankey of South Lake Tahoe; step-sons, David and Adam Gerhardt, and foster son, Zane Rivera, all of South Lake Tahoe; parents, Glenn and Nancy Pankey of Clifton, Ill.; mother-in-law, Gert Weibel of South Lake Tahoe; sisters and brothers-in-law, Beth and Brian Gillum of Rowlette, Texas, Becky and Steven Schmidt of Atlanta, Ill., Amy and Jason Eberle of Gibson City, Ill., and Paula Allen and Howard Hampton of Ottowa, Ill.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ron and Gail Weibel of South Lake Tahoe, and Jim and Jacki Howard of Fair Oaks, Calif.; nieces and nephews, Ryan, Blake, Steven, Matthew and Kelsey, of Illinois, Steven, Brian Lee, Kyle and Justine of Texas, and Ryan and Sami of South Lake Tahoe; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins throughout the United States.
Memorial services took place Feb. 20 at Lake Tahoe Christian Fellowship, South Lake Tahoe. A Catholic Mass was celebrated Feb. 24 at Clifton, Ill., followed by interment.
The family has requested that donations in Mr. Pankey’s memory be made to Special Olympics – Team Tahoe, P.O. Box 18055, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151.
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