Obituary: Kenneth Tank


Kenneth J. Tank, 84, of Walcott, passed away on April 30, 2020, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf. Per his wishes, cremation rights have been accorded. Inurnment will take place at Pine Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be left to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Maysville Fire Department or North Scott Educational Fund. Online condolences may be left at There will be a celebration of life at a later date.

Ken was born July 21, 1935, in Davenport, to Robert and Velma (Jebens) Tank. He graduated from Davenport High School. He earned a degree from Iowa State College and went on to serve in the Iowa National Guard.

Ken was united in marriage to Annette Schiffke on May 3, 1959, in Davenport. Together, they farmed for more than 50 years. He was a sales representative for Pioneer Seed for 23 years and additionally, a long time board member of the Mississippi Valley Fair and American Mutual Insurance Association.

His memberships included St. Paul Lutheran Church, Deer Valley Collectors, North Scott Rotary, Skat and Sheephead Card Clubs. Ken was a member of 4-H in his youth and later became a 4-H leader.  He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Iowa State Cyclones fan. Go Cyclones! His greatest enjoyment was family, agriculture and antique farm equipment.

Ken is survived by his wife of 61 years; children, Nathan (Lisa) Tank, Kathy (Todd) Gehrls and Andrew (Kelly) Tank; granddaughters, Hailee (Kris), Taylor, Erin and Abbie and great grandson, Harrison; brother, James (Linda) Tank and sister, Lorna (Norm) Sawyer.

He was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter, Makenzie.

The family would also like to thank the nurses, doctors, Comfort Keepers, Clarissa Cook Staff and Genesis VNA for their care and support.


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