Richard 'Dick' Pankratz

Dick Pankratz, 79, of Dallas died May 25 in Salem.

He was born in Clyde, N.D., to Harry and Elsie Pankratz. The family moved to Dallas in 1936.

Dick graduated from Dallas High School in 1953, and entered the Army, where he served for three years. He returned to Dallas and worked with his father, who owned Harry’s Auto Service.

When his father retired, Dick built a new four-bay shop called Pankratz Auto Service. Dick served his community as a mechanic for 50 years, and retired in 2007.

Dick married Valdean Aebi on March 23, 1958. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a cruise, which they enjoyed.

Dick was a member of Salt Creek Baptist Church, which was important to him.

He enjoyed flying and had his own plane in Dallas for many years.

He also liked cooking and smoking meats.

He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Dana Ann, in 1963.

Survivors include his wife, Val; daughter, Shelley (Larry) Morey; sisters, Marlys (Chuck) McKinley, Lois (Dick) Reimer, Ardith (Jamie) Sandoz, Kathy (Don) Bergen; brother, Bob (Freda) Pankratz; and extended family.

Memorial service was Monday at Salt Creek Baptist Church. Private family interment was at Salt Creek Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to the church building fund in care of Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas, which handled arrangements.

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