Urban Augustine Panther, 95, of West Point, Iowa passed away at 1:15 p.m. Friday, December 7, 2012 peacefully in the Hospice Unit of the West Point Care Center with family at his side..
Born May 6, 1917 in Lee County, Iowa, the son of Benedict and Elizabeth (Menke) Panther. He married Bertha Pulskamp on June 21, 1949 in Hillsboro, North Dakota.
Survivors include his wife Bertha of West Point, Iowa; five sons Jim (Norma) Panther of Iowa City, Iowa, Bob (Joanne) Panther of Bemidji, Minnesota, Mark (Teresa) Panther of West Point, Iowa, Joe (Chris) Panther of Fort Madison, Iowa, Greg (Tammy) Panther of Keokuk, Iowa; four daughters Becky De Pauw of Davenport, Iowa, Mary (Kevin) Overton of West Point, Iowa, Janet Panther of Cumming, Georgia, Mindy Robey of West Point, Iowa; one daughter-in-law Julie Panther; two AFS daughters Jaqueline (Peralta) Fernandez of the Dominican Republic, Ingrid Tilmes of Germany; nineteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, five step great-grandchildren; four sisters Rita (Elmer) Steffensmeier of Fort Madison, Iowa; Agnes Miller of Columbus, Nebraska, Martha Dohman of West Point, Iowa and Carol (Ron) Fullenkamp of West Point, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son John, one infant son, two brothers and two sisters.
Urban was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and the West Point Knights of Columbus. The day of Urban’s eighth grade graduation he went straight home, changed his clothes, hitched up the horses and went to work on his father’s farm. With the exception of a five year period in Mayville, North Dakota, Urban spent the rest of his career farming in Lee County, Iowa. It was in Mayville, while working as a mechanic, that he met Bertha Pulskamp. The two were married and raised ten children together. Urban was an avid reader and an exceptional wit. Beyond his expertise in farming, Urban enjoyed tasteful experiments while cooking, brewing and vinting.
Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. Sunday, December 9, 2012 at the Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in West Point, Iowa, where the family will meet with friends from 2:30 to 6:00 p.m. that evening. A Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 3:00 p.m with a Christian Wake Service being held at 6:00 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 10, 2012 at the St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in West Point with Father Dennis Hoffman as celebrant.
Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in West Point, Iowa.
Memorials may be made in his memory to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or Lee County Hospice.
Online condolences made be made to the family at www.schmitzlynkfuneralhomes. com. Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in West Point is assisting the family with arrangements.