Louis D. Jankovitz, 89, of Grand Island died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society, Grand Island.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island with the Rev. Michael Reiners officiating. Inurnment will be in Grand Island Cemetery with military honors rendered by the United Veterans Honor Guard and the U.S Air Force Honors Team.
There will be no visitation. Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date.
Louis Delbert Jankovitz was born May 25, 1929, in Giltner, the son of William and Viola (Vance) Jankovitz. He lived in Giltner about three years before the family moved to Grand Island. He attended Lincoln Elementary School and Grand Island Senior High.
He entered the United States Air Force on June 12, 1947, and served until Jan. 6, 1950, when he was honorably discharged. He returned to Grand Island where he owned and operated a Texaco Service Station. In 1954, he went to work for Caterpillar as a mechanic and was employed with them until 1983. He bought a service station and continued to work there for seven years. He relocated to St. Paul, where he worked for Farmer’s Union Co-op. He later semi-retired and began to raise livestock: cattle and hogs. Ultimately, he moved back to Grand Island and bought Louie’s Laundry on Fourth Street and looked after the neighborhood until his full retirement.
He enjoyed his work and loved to dance and roller skate in his younger days.
Those left to cherish his memory include three sons and daughters-in-law, Ted and Kris Jankovitz of Atascadero, Calif., Russ Jankovitz, as well as Randy and Jamie Jankovitz all of Grand Island; eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bill Jankovitz and Clarence Jankovitz; and two sisters, Annabelle Thompson and Virginia Humiston.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.apfelfuneralhome.