Byron Janke


Bryon L. Janke, 80, of Norfolk, formerly of rural Carroll, died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.

Services will be held Monday, Aug. 15 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Winside. Visitation will be Sunday, Aug. 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Winside. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne.

Memorials may be directed to organizations important to Byron - St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Winside, Lutheran High Northeast and Orphan Grain Train.

Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne.

Byron Janke was born in 1942 in Norfolk, to Werner and Norma (Frese) Janke. He attended District 24 in rural Winside and graduated from Wayne High School. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business and then worked as a bank examiner for the State of Nebraska. Byron married Patricia Maddux from Lincoln in 1965. They were married for 57 years and had four children and were blessed with nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Byron returned to the farm in 1967 and spent 54 years doing what he loved until retiring in 2021. 

He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Winside where he was a lifelong member. He loved God, his large extended family, the land, and many good friends, whose friendships he cherished.

Byron had many adventures and accomplishments, but foremost in his life, was God’s protection and love for 80 years. He is now at rest in the Lord and is awaiting the resurrection of the dead.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia; their children, LeAnn (Greg) Rathke of Fremont, Elizabeth (Jeff) Pasold of Norfolk, Brenda (Jay) Draheim of Omaha, and Daniel (Anna) Janke of Norfolk; brother, Terry (Mary) Janke of Winside; sister-in-law, Mary Sherman of Lincoln; nin grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Werner and Norma (Frese) Janke; brother-in-law, Jack Maddux; aunts, uncles, and cousins.