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George W. Danke, Jr.

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“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...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: David Killion - Ludington, MI

“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...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: John Compton - Battle Creek, MI

“Kim and Kit - Im so deeply sorry for your loss. ”
3 of 16 | Posted by: Laurie Reincke - Ceresco, MI

“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...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Ken Frost - Battle Creek, MI

“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...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: April Danke - Battle Creek, MI

“Our sincere condolences to the family. Please reach out if there is anything we can do. ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: Members of VFW Post 4073, Marshall, MI - MI

“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...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Randy Smith - Oklahoma City, OK

“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...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Pam and Dale Hursley - East Leroy, MI

“My sincere condolences to the family. Bob and I were always grateful to George for helping us get through a rough time in our lives. ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: Karen Vanderveen - Battle Creek, MI

“So sorry for your loss Renigers will truly miss George. My Dad and Geroge have been friends since my Dad was 14 year old kid. George tought my Dad...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Michael Reniger - Marshall, MI

“Sue and the Danke family, sorry for the loss of such an Icon not only to your family but also to the Battle Creek area and the nations motorcycle...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Tim & Maggy Oesterreich - MI

“We have truly lost an Icon in the field of motorcycles. I was inspired and blessed through friendship with George. He was passionate about passing...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Ted Densmore - Burlington, MI

“It saddens me to learn of George's passing. He always quietly supported my Cereal City Motorcycle Rally, but never wanted any recognition for that...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Grady Pierce - Winter Garden, FL

“Bought my first motorcycle from George. Great and very knowledgeable guy. Prayers for All. ”
14 of 16 | Posted by: Randy Frost - Sidnaw, MI

“Condolences to the family. ”
15 of 16 | Posted by: Debbie Burrows Haineault - MI

“Take care George, pleasure knowing you. ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Chris Köch - Battle Creek, MI


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George W. Danke Jr., age 87, of Ceresco passed away Sunday evening, November 24, 2019 at Bronson Battle Creek. He was born in Battle Creek on August 12, 1933 the son of George W. Sr. and Christine L. (Brown) Danke and faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army, stationed at Fort Custer. He served as an instructor and Conservation Officer. George started his business in 1950 and maintained successful ownership of Danke Motorcycle Co. for nearly 70 years. He has been greatly respected for his expertise and mechanical knowledge. In addition, he is identified for his physical strength. In 2001, he challenged the "Strongest Man in the World", James Henderson from the Power Team for a competition. George beat Henderson in the lift (Battle Creek Enquirer, Sat., July 28, 2001). He was involved in the community, supporting dirt bike riders for many years.

George married Sue J. Buist in Battle Creek on December 12, 1990; she survives. He is also survived by his children, Mike (Cindy) Danke of Battle Creek, Jeff Danke of Florida, Tim Danke of Battle Creek, Kit Danke-Allen of Pennsylvania, and Kim Danke of Battle Creek; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, David (Sheryl) Danke Sr.; his two step-children, Carmen Grimes and Sabin Browne, both of Battle Creek, and several nieces & nephews. George was preceded in death by his parents; and three sisters, Katherine "Kay" Clapper, Ruth Ann Danke, and Daisy Mae Hoag.

A true animal lover and skilled mechanic, George enjoyed hunting, motorcycle racing, vintage motorcycles, and gun smithing, collecting & repairing. He was a member of the American Motorcycle Association and the National Rifle Association.

A private memorial service with full military honors has been held at the Fort Custer National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Humane Society of South Central Michigan. Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of George may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.