Louis R. Danko, 97, of Streator passed away Thursday, April 7, 2022 at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Care, Streator.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Streator. Fr. Austin Bosse will officiate.
Visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. until 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at the Solon-Telford Funeral Home, Streator.
Burial will be in St. Stephen's Cemetery, Streator.
Full military rites will be accorded by members of the Leslie G. Woods American Legion Post 217 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1492.
Pallbearers will be Jason Danko; Aaron, Christopher, Joseph and Peter Zink; Christian and Donavon Overly; Skiler Lindley and Kain Smith.
Born January 2, 1925 he was the son of John and Emma (Wargo) Danko.
He married Lorraine A. Dalton on October 23, 1948 at St. Patrick's Church in Merna. She preceded him in death on September 18, 2021.
He is survived by daughters, Sheila (Paul) Zink of Nicholasville, Kentucky, Joan Danko of Bloomington, Carolyn (Mike) Abdnour of Streator, Mary Traeger of Bloomington and Donna Danko of Bloomington; a son,
Robert(Sue) Danko of Streator; 10 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren; and a brother, Raymond Danko of Streator.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a son, Louis R. Danko Jr; and brothers, John, Clarence "Tadpole", and Dennis Danko.
Born and raised in Streator he attended St. Stephen's Grade School and Streator High School.
He served in the United States Army during WW II, in the European Theater. Lou was very proud of his military service.
He worked as a Milkman before entering the military. He later worked for Streator Furniture Factory and then for Owens Illinois Glass Company for 30 years retiring in 1984.
He was a member of the former St. Stephen's Church and currently belonged to St. Michael the Archangel Church, Streator.
He was also a member of the VFW Post #1492.
Dad enjoyed playing pranks on his family, telling stories of the war and of his youth, and praying the rosary with the group at St. Michael's Church or with Mother Angelica. He was a self-taught handyman and shared his skills with his family.
Our earthly family chain was broken when God called you home, but you can rest in peace knowing your life was truly a blessing to your family and friends. It was a life filled with treasured memories for each to hold dear and a love that will be missed beyond words.
The family of Lou Danko would like to extend a special thanks to Evergreen Place, St. Francis Hospital, Heritage Health Streator, Lightways Hospice and Pat Duffield for the care given to him on his journey in the final months/days of his life.
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