Updated - Randy Janke
Updated — Randy Janke, 69, of Norfolk formerly of Winside, died Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.
Services, which were originally scheduled for Saturday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Winside, will now be held Monday, April 16 at the same time. The Rev. Harrison Goodman will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday, April 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Winside with family present. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery at Winside.
Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne.
Memorials may be directed to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Organ Fund.
The life of Randall "Randy" Raye Janke was one that was filled with love, adventure and obstacles. He was loved, cherished and will be missed. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather and most recently, great-grandfather.
Randy was born Aug. 15, 1948, the youngest of four to Alfred and Elsie (Eckert) Janke in Norfolk at the Lutheran Hospital. He was raised on the family homestead south of Winside near the Stanton county line. He attended District #55 of Wayne County from first-seventh grade. The school closed due to redistricting and he started his eighth grade year in Winside. He graduated in 1966 from Winside High School. In the late 1960's after high school, Randy was a truck driver for Weible Transfer until he began his passion in life, farming. He was able to stay on the family farm and continue the Janke tradition. In 1976, Randy's other passion sprouted. He, along with brother, Butch Janke and Keith Gamble, began tractor pulling. They started at county and state fairs, followed by their entourage from Winside. Their success led them to the Houston Astro Dome, San Antonio and Kansas City. In 1977, they went to Louisville, Ky. for the Grand National Pull. In 1979-1980, they traveled the National Circuit from the East to West Coast. During this time, Den Rohde joined the pulling team. While Randy was tractor pulling his father, Alfred, and longtime friend, Keith Suehl kept the farm running back home. Tractor pulling is where Randy met and gained many of his lifelong relationships.
On April 23, 1981 Randy married Dorinda (Trautwein-Delp). Randy received a packaged deal that day as he gained two beautiful daughters in the union. Shawnette and Mindy were later adopted by Randy. They were able to be raised on the family farm as Randy was, where many of their fondest memories were made. In 1991, Randy and Dorinda bought their retirement home near Norfolk. They later retired and Randy continued farming (his yard). During the winter months, he started carpentry and made many beautiful pieces of furniture. In 2005, Randy had a major stroke. With his strong mind and determination, he started exercises on his own and was walking 5 miles/day. Randy and Dorinda enjoyed traveling and had visited Estes Park, New Orleans, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, Deluth, California, Arizona, Arkansas and one of Randy's favorites, Graceland. Randy enjoyed bird watching, and if there was a Nascar race on TV, you could be sure he had it on. Randy's heart and joy were his grandchildren. He enjoyed watching all of their sports: football, basketball, baseball/softball, dance recitals and just watching them play in his yard. In 2015, Randy was diagnosed with ALS. He never let it keep him down. He even participated in the ALS walk this last year with Dorinda, the girls and brother, Dean and Lydaisy.
Survivors include his wife, Dorinda; daughters, Shawnette (Doug) Tomka of Hoskins and Mindy (Rick) Haase of Wayne; sister, Donna Miller of Garden Grove Calif.; brother, Dean (Lydaisy) Janke Sr. of Winside; sisters-in-law, Rose Ann Janke of Winside and Carol Janke of Norfolk; grandsons Dennis Tomka, Mark (Miranda) Tomka and great grandson, Jace, Tanner (fiance Cydnie) Tomka and great granddaughter, Scarlett, granddaughter, Kierah Haase and grandson, Kashton Haase; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred (1990), mother, Elsie (2005), mother-in-law, Shirley Trautwein-Fleer (1990), brother, Norris "Butch" Janke (2007), brother-in-law, Darrell"Dean"Miller (2013), sisters-in-law, Sharlene Trautwein (2008) and Janelle Bahr (2017), niece, Jennifer Miller (1989), and nephew, Scott Janke (2012).