Harvey Lee Pankretz returned to Heavenly Father on Feb. 19. He was born at Reedley, CA on Sept. 25 1927 to Frank and Anna (Perry) Pankretz. He attended schools at Los Gatos, CA graduating 12th grade from Los Gatos. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy for three years, receiving an honorable discharge when his tour of duty was completed.
Harvey or "Zeke" as he was called by his cronies, held the position of Journeyman Lineman while working for various electrical contractors for 35 years (Job Foreman for 20 years). Also, he worked as an electrician at the Hanford Nuclear Plant and at the Boardman, OR coal-fired plant. He was a former Order of the Elks and Eagles Lodges and was a lifetime (50 years) member of the IBEW Electrical Union. He married Edna W. Harnish in 1948 and had five children. They were divorced in 1967.
In 1978 Zeke married Elva (Sutten) Naff, and together they built a log home at the water's edge of Lake Gillette, where they resided until 2000 when they moved to a condominium in Colville. He spent the last three months of his life in the home of his eldest son, Stephen Pankretz of Los Lunas, NM.
In 1989 Zeke retired from line work and began to enjoy lake fishing, hunting, and catching up on numerous projects that he had started. Zeke enjoyed making things in his basement workshop that was well-stocked with many tools of all kinds. He also liked to help people and did many jobs for the neighbors, friends and family.
He was a man of a strong work ethic, a hard-working, playful man that loved to spend time with family and friends. He also loved to play practical jokes on them. He loved the outdoors; horse-back riding, water-skiing, camping, fishing and hunting. He loved playing with his children and grandchildren, and teaching them about life and how to be safe and still have fun. He enjoyed being surrounded by people, whether they were co-workers (cronies), and their families. He loved watching people have fun. He was all about having a good time, but he liked to "teach" also. He took his children on river trips, boated, skied. He loved a good bonfire! He loved ski-do, motorcycles, and hot-rods. He owned 33 model Aâs by age 33!
Zeke was preceded in death by his father and his mother; his wife Elva, and by his elder brother, Loyal Pankretz of Irvine, CA.
He is survived by his children, Stephen (Lynne) Pankretz of Los Lunas, NM; Douglas (Vickie) Pankretz of Tumwater; Carol (Pankretz) Demaris of McMinnville, OR; Wendy (Pankretz) Barnes of Susanville, CA; Gary (Linda) Pankretz of Tillamook, OR. Zeke's grandchildren numbered 17 and 52 great grandchildren.
Also surviving are his stepchildren: Mike (Dawn) Naff of Kettle Falls; Pam (Naff) Mendez-Vigo and husband Mark of Colville, and his four step-grandchildren and one step-great-granddaughter.