Roland “Yank” Yankowiak, of Mora, MN, passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at the VA Hospital in St. Cloud. He was 86 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICES will be at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, May 21 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora with Fr. Eugene Plaisted officiating.
VISITATION will be from 4:00-7:00 P.M. on Sunday, May 20 at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora; plus one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church.
INTERMENT will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Mora.
Memorials in lieu of flowers may be sent to the VA Medical Center- 4801 Veterans Dr. St. Cloud, MN 56303
Roland “Yank” Marcus Yankowiak, of Mora, MN, passed away on May 15, 2012 at the St. Cloud VA surrounded by his family. He was 86 years old.
Roland was born on May 28, 1925, to parents John and Mary (Rasinski) Yankowiak in Rosemount, MN. The family moved to Mora in 1938. At age 17, Roland joined the Marine Corps and served until 1944 when he was honorably discharged due to war time injuries. He returned home and graduated with Mora’s Class of 1945. He was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Roland was united in marriage to Adeline Kaiser on August 4, 1947. To this union 10 children were born. After living in Mora for 14 years, the family moved to the farm where they resided for the next 42 years.
In the late 1940’s, both Adeline and Roland worked at the Paradise Theater where Adeline sold tickets and Roland ran the movie reels. Starting in 1951, Roland took several construction jobs overseas including Africa, Iceland, and Newfoundland. He returned home for good in 1955 and began his 31 year career with Arcon Construction. Roland was a very gifted mechanic who could fix and operate almost any piece of machinery. Upon retirement he continued to stay busy building and working on equipment.
He will always be remembered as a very hard worker who always had time to help others, whether it was plowing snow or doing mechanical work. He enjoyed polka music and went to many dances in his younger years. He loved to tell stories and had an amazing memory. Time spent with his children and grandchildren was very important and special to him. He will be missed by many.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife of 62 years, Adeline, son Steven and infant son Joseph.
Roland is survived by his sons Bruce (Maggie) of Duluth, Greg (Deb) of Mora, Doug (Randi) of Mora, Mike (Sue) of Zimmerman, Tom of Cook; daughters Karen (Steve) Roles of Pewaukee, WI,, Mary Jo (Barry) Graber of Brook Park and Barb (Kevin) Herwig of Mora; 16 grandchildren, John, Mark, Dave, Pete, Dan, Nicole, Kelsey, Ryan, Matt, Lindsay, Heather, Luke, Anni, Adam, Brad, and Aaron; 11 great-grandchildren: Ally, Caleb, Annika, Sofie, Betsy, Theydon, Adley, Lola, Sydney, Madison, and Brandon; also several step-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren; sister Dolores Paggen of Sartell and sister-in-law Marie Haley of Foley; and many other relatives and friends.