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Roland G. Stanke, 66

Roland Gerald Stanke, age 66, of Eden Valley, Minn., and formerly of Cannon Falls, Minn., lost his battle with cancer on Friday, May 9, at the VA Medical Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Sept. 8, 1947, in Farmington, Minn., to Roger and Mildred Stanke. He spent his early years in the Northfield and Cannon Falls Area. In 2008, he moved to the Eden Valley.

In 1965, he joined and served in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in 1969. He joined the Army National Guard in 1973 and was honorably discharged in 1977.

After his discharge from the Guard in 1977, he was a jack of all trades, working in construction and farming. Most notably he worked as a union Roofer until his retirement in 2009.

His hobbies included fishing, fileting fish and teaching young fishermen. He belonged to the American Legion and the Eden Lake Association. He was active in both for the time he lived in Eden Valley. Spending time with family and friends. Enjoyed helping with fish fries and fishing contests.

He had loved and lost three times and through those relationships he is survived by daughter, Kristine Abert, Syracuse, N.Y.; son, Christopher Stanke (Michelle), Kenyon, Minn., daughter, Staci Anderson (Eric), Cannon Falls, Minn., and daughter, Nicole Stanke and fiance', Scott McIntyre Riverton, Ill.; step children Nick, Peter, and Elizabeth Conrad. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren Angel, Courtney, Kyle, Elizabeth, Rae, Mariah, Erica, Hunter, Ashley, TJ, Chelsi, Brett, Tim, Nichelle, Josh and Jarrod. He also had 3 great-granddaughters Anastasia, Marley, and Lexi; two sisters, Barb Cleabsy and Diane Shelton; three brothers, Duane, Bruce and Joe Stanke; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roger and Mildred Stanke; and two brothers, Eddie and Kevin Stanke.

Memorial services will be from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, with Honor Service at 7 p.m. in Eden Valley, Minn., at the American Legion and will be in Northfield, Minn., from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, at the VFW.