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03/14/10 - NNHS Newsletter
Butch Lankes

J.B. Lankes
(30 Aug 1915 - 11 Mar 2010)

Morrison High School Class of 1931

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have yet more sad news to report today.      Butch Lankes, Morrison High School Class of 1931, uncle of    Betty Lankes (Hampton HS - '71) of VA,       Jeanie Lankes (Hampton HS - '72) of VA, John Lankes (Hampton HS), and Robert Lankes (Hampton HS), passed away in Hampton on Saturday, March 11, 2010 at the age of 94.

   His younger brother,  Bud Lankes, Morrison High School Class of 1933, died just six weeks ago at the age of 92:

   J.B. Lankes


HAMPTON - J.B. Lankes, 94, passed away March 11, 2010.

He was born in Buffalo, N.Y., on Aug. 30, 1915, to Julius John and Edee Bartlett Lankes. He was a Peninsula resident since 1925.

Mr. Lankes graduated from Morrison High School in 1931, and attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He graduated from the Bliss Electrical School in Takoma Park, Md., now Montgomery College, in 1938. He served in the U.S. Army, 41st Infantry Division, during World War II. He was a professional engineer, retiring from VEPCO, now Dominion Power, in 1975, after many years of service. Mr. Lankes was a member of Tidewater Mensa, and he frequently wrote articles for the local Mensa publication, MTides.


J.B. Lankes

He was preceded in rest by a sister, Elizabeth Lankes Howard; and a brother, John M. Lankes.

Surviving members of his family include his sister, Emily Lankes Fournier of Seaford; and 10 nieces and nephews, Elizabeth F. Lankes, Jean M. Lankes, John E. Lankes, Robert W. Lankes, Roger B. Fournier, John L. Fournier, Ellen F. Street, Charles B. Howard, Margaret A. Howard, and Leslie H. Robinson. He is also survived by three grand-nieces and two grand-nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, at Greenlawn Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Peninsula Rescue Mission, 3700 Huntington Ave., Newport News, VA 23607.

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I am an old schoolmate of Jean M. Lankes. I wish to send my prayers and condolences to all of the family and friends of J.B., I hope you find comfort and peace in knowing that he is at peace now, with the Lord.
Glenda (Burton) Jenkins

~ Glenda Burton Jenkins, Hampton, Virginia

March 14, 2010 

What a colorful, unique fellow. I know Butch was dear to all his relatives and friends. He was never shy to offer his opinions on music or most anything else; I hear he once was the guest of a classical music show on local radio and presented his choices for the world's worst, and he wrote columns and letters to newspaper editors on local history and on any aspect of modern life that got his goat. How sad that the family has lost Butch so soon after his brother Bud. I offer my condolences to all his friends and family.

~ Larry Benade, Gainesville, Virginia

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So much grief in such a little time. My heart overflows with sorrow for my good friend. May God encircle you with His Strength and Love and you can find love and tenderness within His arms !
Sepi Prichard

~ Sepi Prichard, Raleigh, North Carolina

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   Our deepest condolences are extended to the entire Lankes family and their friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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