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George W. Danke, Jr.

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I didn't know George that well I am from Vicksburg and bought some Yamaha's from M&M Cycle Kalamazoo..
In more recent years I started buying parts from George. He was an Interesting Character I wish I would have known him when I was younger.. I would have loved to know more about Flat Track racing ect..
I stopped at the Shop last Summer and it was locked up. I did a search online could not find any info.. I did

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Posted by: Mark1 Hayward - Vicksburg, MI - Friend   Jul 20, 2020

Sue and the Danke family, sorry for your loss. I left Battle Creek for college in 1958 and then work out east. Sue lead the memorial service for my mom in 2006 and for my dad in 2012. When in town i would stop by the Danke motorcycle shop to visit Sue and get a hug. The last few years, my timing was bad for Sue visits. but George and I would talk. I miss him.

Posted by: Dan Convis - Friendsville, MD - Friend   Dec 16, 2019

George Danke was like a 2nd father to me, adopting me as a high school shop rat in ~1959 and teaching me many things (principally taking the time necessary to do it right the first time) and employing me with flexible hours and good wages as I worked my way through college with minimal debt. Thank you, George! The hands-on experience gained through this elite, in reality, background enabled me to excel as a Mechanical Engineer once I got past

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Posted by: David Killion - Ludington, MI - Friend   Dec 01, 2019

Bought my first motorcycle from George in 1972.He was a very good man,one of the best.He was the best man to buy parts from in this town he would get you the best price and made sure he did.Go into his store he was very proud of the news paper add and would show it every time with him and the slug hammer with him holding it up with one hand. And to this day thanks to George I still ride.At 67 years old.R.I.P Boss.

Posted by: John Compton - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   Nov 30, 2019

Kim and Kit - Im so deeply sorry for your loss.

Posted by: Laurie Reincke - Ceresco, MI - friend   Nov 30, 2019

George will be surely missed by many including me. I always enjoyed time spent with him and listening to his stories. He was a truly good guy. Rest In Peace George.

Posted by: Ken Frost - Battle Creek, MI - acquaintance   Nov 30, 2019

George was my Father-in-Law for 22 years. I have fond memories from when my girls were young. He came to their Birthday parties, and other important life events throughout their lives. They loved going to his house to visit the horses and to ride their pony, Dusty. He will be missed.

Posted by: April Danke - Battle Creek, MI - Family   Nov 27, 2019

Our sincere condolences to the family. Please reach out if there is anything we can do.

Posted by: Members of VFW Post 4073, Marshall, MI - Marshall, MI - acquaintance   Nov 27, 2019

My first job was working at the motorcycle shop, selling parts in 1971....George helped me with my racing career, and inspired me. He was a very
intelligent, kind and thoughtful individual.. Thoughts and prayers to the
family, wish all well!

Posted by: Randy Smith - Oklahoma City, OK - friend   Nov 27, 2019

We have know George for over 35 years, he was the grumpy man that would do anything for you and would get you the best price possible for quality stuff. It was fun to come to
The shop and see him and his many grandchildren that he would have helping out at the shop. I remember we had an old 1930s Harley Davidson motorcycle, I think it was a 250cc in our basement. I called George to see if wanted

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Posted by: Pam and Dale Hursley - East Leroy, MI - friend   Nov 27, 2019