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Cody Pankratz

d. September 10, 2017

Hillsboro – Cody Pankratz, 31, died September 10, 2017 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.  He was born February 23, 1986 in Hillsboro to Jerel and Serena (Stum) Pankratz.  Survivors include: father, Jerel Pankratz of Greeley, KS; mother, Serena (Chris) McGinn of Sedgwick; sisters, Paula (Kurt) Schwarz of LaCygne, KS, Heather (Jeff) Madison of Ft. Scott, KS, Alec McGinn of Wichita, Riley McGinn of Sedgwick; grandpa, Allen Pankratz of Hillsboro; grandma, Sandra Stum of Towner, Colorado; 1 niece and 3 nephews.  Celebration of Life Service 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at The Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro officiated by Pastor Brian Allen.  Memorials to the Local 4-H Council in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063.  Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com


Life Sketch taken from The Funeral Bulletin

Cody Allen Pankratz came into his earthly world, earlier than he was supposed to, a tiny preemie. His father remembered he could hold him in the palm of your hand, a true miracle from God, on February 23, 1986 at Hillsboro, KS to Jerel and Serena Pankratz. He left his earthly world on September 10, 2017 at Wesley Hospital, Wichita KS.

From the time Cody was a young boy he had grown into a large stature that continued through his life. He grew up with his parents and 2 older sisters on the farm South East of Hillsboro. Growing up on the farm, it was at a very early age that you could tell what he wanted to do in life, and that was farm. Cody loved the animals, tractors, silage and hay equipment, and everything to do with that aspect of farm life. Raising cattle, horses and sheep on the farm was something he enjoyed, later showing them all in 4-H, and later adding pigs to the mix.

Through 4-H Cody gained hundreds of friends, and so much knowledge, so he could help other. This he did in life, no matter the situation or where you or he lived, one phone call and he was there. The event in 4-H that he was the proudest of, was taking a somewhat small sickly Angus steer and growing him up to win his division at several shows, but mostly being named the Champion Angus Steer at the Kansas Junior Livestock Show, something few get to do. The other was giving a pig to another 4-Her who had lost theirs the night before the fair, and that pig going on to beat his and being named Reserve Champion. He was so proud of that moment. Cody loved his family being part of the local saddle club and going on trial rides in the Flint Hills ever year, camping out with his buddies in the nose of the stock trailer and riding again the next day. Riding in the parade at the Marion County Fair was another joy to him.

Cody attended school in Hillsboro where he graduated from high school. During those years Cody enjoyed being a part of FFA and all the activities that went along with that organization, going to judging contests, attending state and national conventions, helping with the booths at Arts & Crafts Fair, or the pancake feeds, and playing practical jokes with his buddies on the instructors. He participated in football and wrestling for many years, even before high school. After high school Cody graduated from North Central Kansas Technical College, in Beloit, KS getting a degree in Diesel Technology. While attending college he worked for Pearson Show Cattle, Sharp Brothers Seed Company. Since then he has worked for KanEquip in Herington and Good Farms Angus near Manhattan, then moving to Colorado farming and ranching with his uncle Todd. In the past several years he worked at Shabens/Ag Spray and more recently Budde Enterprises where he loved these jobs and the people.

Family meant the world to Cody, and especially his little niece and 3 nephews. Cody was their world also. He always said, he was so blessed to have not just 2 sisters, but now to have 4 and the best brothers-in-law any man could ever ask for, to which his family agrees. Rodeos, fishing, cattle shows, fairs, camping, boating, playing table games with Parker for hours, especially “The Farming Game”, was at the top of Uncle Cody’s list when around family.

Here at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church Cody was baptized and continued to be a member all his life. MBY was one of the youth church activities Cody grew to love to enjoy. Participating in the MCC Beef Walk was another church activity that made him smile and to talk about as leading his 4-H cattle and raising money was important. Last summer his friend Tracy, convinced him to attend Men’s Encounter, returning from that we saw a new spark in his life and a new faith in God, for which Cody knew what he was to do next. The men there had guided and molded a faithful follower of Christ. For this we are truly Thankful!

In our hearts and minds as a family we knew what a giving, loving, helping, guiding heart he had that would do anything for anyone, but in the last 10 days we have seen what this giant pawed teddy bear was to everyone else. Words cannot describe how his family has appreciated all the loving words that describe him, just as we saw him. No two faces about Cody, he was real and honest to everyone. It was said by many family this past week in the hospital, “Cody’s heart was just too big for everything he wanted to do” and a friend sent this message, “God needed a new right hand with a great big heart to do all the heavy lifting and to show others what a big heart was.” We are all truly blessed “Cod Man or Mr. C” as his grandmothers called him.

He is survived by his parents Jerel Pankratz, Greeley KS; Serena (Chris) McGinn, Sedgwick; Paula (Kurt) Schwarz, Parker, Sutton & Grayson, LaCygene ; Heather (Jeff) Madison, Grady, Fort Scott; Alec McGinn, Wichita; Riley McGinn, Sedgwick; grandfather Allen Pankratz, Hillsboro; grandmother Sandra Stum, Towner Co; and many uncles, aunts, and cousins. Preceded in death by grandmother Dorothy Pankratz and Marlin Stum.



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41 thoughts on “Cody Pankratz

  1. We are all so sorry for your loss! It hurts the most when we lose the ones we love the most. Cody was very very loved by so many! We will continue praying for healing hearts!

  2. So very sorry to hear of your loss. Love and prayers sent your way. Cody was always so kind and polite. So thankful for his friendship with our son Brian. What a privilege to watch him grow up in our community and church. He was a special young man. I can’t imagine the pain and sorrow you are going through. Praying for comfort and peace.

  3. Cody will always be rembered. The times in 4-H and as he grew up. He was a very impressionable young man. He always had time to say hi and talk. We will never forget him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  4. We are lifting your family up in prayer and hope that God can provide peace and healing in your time of grief.

  5. So sorry for your loss. Cody was always so friendly and polite. He was a great role model for young 4-Hers and will be greatly missed. Sending prayers for all of you.

  6. “Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but in thankfulness that he was.”-Hebrew prayer. Serena, Chris and family, our hearts, thoughts and love are with you all in this time of loss.

  7. Hugs and prayers to you all through this very unexpected journey. He was always smiling and always ready to chat! Those are things we will always remember about Cody!

  8. We cannot imagine losing a son so young. Cody was right between Tobey and Tim. He was such a good kid. Thoughts and prayers for all of you. Kenn and Judy Wealand

  9. Serena, Chris, and girls,
    My heart is breaking for you on the loss of Cody. Please know that we are thinking of all of you and hoping you find some comfort in all your memories of him and from the hugs of all those who think so highly of him and all of you.

    Much love and peace,

  10. Prayers for your family in your time of grief. Cody was one of the nicest people I know. I’m deeply saddened to hear of his passing.

  11. We are so sorry to hear of Cody’s death and at such a young age. I remember him so well from my days as pastor at Hillsboro MB and loved greeting him on Sundays. Jerel, Serena, and family, we care about you.

  12. Dear Serena and family and Sandra Stum, my deepest sympathy to you all at this difficult time. Odessie Smith, Janice Kolzow, and Shelia Erickson (Jetmore,KS)

  13. Our heartfelt prayers are with you all. Cody was such a special young man. He would give the shirt off his back to help anyone in need and such a great role-model to all of the kids in 4-H who were lucky enough to know him. May God comfort you all and bring you peace.

  14. So sorry for your loss. I have so many good memories with Cody. FFA, 4-H, wrestling, football, and Klassen’s dairy. He was always a great friend and always smiling and joking. So glad I saw him at Encounter. He was an awesome man and he will be missed.

  15. We are so sorry for your loss of Cody: your son, brother, nephew, cousin, uncle, grandson, and friend. You have our prayers, as there are no adequate words.

  16. So sorry on the loss of Cody. He has been an asset to Harvey County 4-H livestock program and special person at the fair. To all the Stum, Pankratz, and McGinn families. So sorry we are unable to attend the service.

  17. We would like to extend our sympathy to Cody’s family your loss. The boys and us spent a lot of time showing your lambs over the years. Cody was always a great kid with a big smile. He will be greatly missed! You folks will be in our prayers.

  18. May the grace of God be with the family today. We are praying for you and love you all. So sorry and saddened by your sudden loss.
    In God’s Love,
    Terry and Cathy Oberg

  19. Sadden by this announcement having worked with both of his sisters for a time, I do know they both thought quite highly of their little brother and often told great stories of their time together. May their loss be comforted by the fact, that you knew Jesus personally and shared your love of family..

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