In memory of

William "Berk" Dankel

February 29, 1924 - March 3, 2020
From: Lake View, IA
William "Berk" Dankel

William "Berk" Dankel

Born: February 29, 1924
Died: March 3, 2020
Age: 96
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   William Berkeley Dankel, age 96 of Lake View, IA, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at Baylor Scott-White Hospital in Waco, TX. Berk, son of William Ellsworth Dankel and Julia Hazel Ewart Dankel, was born on February 29, 1924, on a farm near Glidden, IA. He graduated from Glidden High School in 1941. 

   Berk was united in marriage to Mary Lou Hoeg on November 15, 1947, at the family home in Lake View.  To this union two daughters were born, Susan and Rebecca. Berk and Mary Lou moved to a farm north of Lake View where they farmed until his retirement in 1989.  In 1987, they moved into his current home in Lake View. During his working years, Berk raised hogs, cattle and row crops.  He also sold Archer Oil and DeKalb seed corn.  This gave him a chance to visit with friends and neighbors.  Berk loved to play cards, golfing, and attending activities of his grandson and son-in-law.  Berk was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Lake View. 

   Berk was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Lou; brother and sister-in-law Duane and Joyce Dankel; sister and brother-in-law JoAnn and John Anderson; and grandson, Benjamin Cochran.  He is survived by his daughters: Susan Jay of Waco, TX, and Becky (Dave) Cochran of West Des Moines, IA; grandson Jonathon (Emily) Cochran; great-grandchildren: Benjamin James and Mackenzie Rae of Pleasant Hill, IA; and brother-in-law Graham (Norma) Hoeg of Lake View, IA.

Memorial Service
10:00 a.m., Thursday
July 23, 2020
Spring Lake Golf & Country Club
Rural Wall Lake, Iowa
Ferguson Cemetery
Lake View, Iowa


Monday, March 16, 2020 at 2:24 PM
“Uncle Berk:

Know you are missed. Visiting Lake View and the farm was always a great time. The ice cream cake which Mary Lou always made when we visited is now a required part of any birthday celebration by choice. Even my 7 year old granddaughter requested that cake for her birthday party yesterday!

- Richard Hoeg
Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 12:38 PM
“Uncle Berk, you were robust and dynamic with perpetual energy and willingness to do good for others. In short, simply a good person.”
- Will Hoeg
Friday, March 13, 2020 at 11:12 AM
“My sincere sympathies at the loss of your father. He was obviously well loved by family and friends. Becky was my P.E. teacher at At-We-Va; she was one of my favorites. Dave Cochran too. Hope your family finds comfort in many fond memories. My Dad just passed at the end of January so I, too, know the sting of grief. God’s blessings to you.”
- Lori Grundmeier
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 1:08 PM
“Very sorry to hear of his passing. I fondly remember vacation visits to his farm when I was growing up and admire how active he was in retirement. He will be greatly missed by all.”
- Douglas Dankel II
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 1:08 PM
“I was not able to visit Uncle Berk very often. Just every few years. He was my husbands favorite uncle, and I loved listening to his stories from earlier, when Dennis was younger. He couldn’t have been nicer to me whenever we all got together. We will sure miss him!”
- Shelly Dankel
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 1:08 PM
“Bberk was dons golf partner for many years and Berk was an early bird and they would leave very early in the morning. we both liked him very much and he was a very kind person love to the family the coles”
Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 1:56 PM
“So sorry to hear about Uncle Berk. He was always kind to me. Every card I got from him had a sweet message and then he would sign it simply with “Berk” and nothing else and it made me smile. My heart goes out to your family.”
- Kate Warnock
Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 4:13 PM
“Berk always was working in his yard. He had a big silver maple in the back yard, and there was an old, big silver maple in my front yard. They would not drop their leaves till late November. He mowed and took good care of the yard so I tried to keep a neat yard. He was a good neighbor and a healthy one to set a good example to the rest of us. EXERCISE. The neighbors will miss him. God bless. ”
- Karen Riddle
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 10:01 AM
“Thinking of you with the loss of your father. I always remembered his birthday was Feb. 29. Berk told me he could celebrate twice once on Feb. 28 and again March 1 on the off Leap Year date! Take care.”
- Jeri Schwanz Bottenfield
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 10:01 AM
“Berk will be missed at the annual alumni banquet in Glidden. He always greeted us with a big smile and hug. We have great memories of seeing him at the golf course in Lake View. Many years ago we used to go out to his farm and buy fresh eggs. RIP, Berk! ”
- Bruce and Donna Stevens
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 10:35 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers a with you.”
- George & Jean Mohrhauser
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