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.