The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


March 2, 2014

Geraldine K. "Gerri" Dahnke

WEBB CITY, Mo. — On Feb. 11, 2014, Geraldine (Gerri) Dahnke, 84, left this world to be with God.

Gerri was born on Nov. 16, 1929, in Mulhall, Okla., to William Ambrose Kanehl and Elsie Louise Moses.

Gerri married Ralph Lane Dahnke (R.L.), of Granby, Mo. They moved to Golden, Colo., where she enjoyed the Denver Broncos, snowmobiling, bowling, dancing, angel collecting, reading, crossword puzzles and especially traveling and taking pictures. She and Ralph traveled extensively, by land, sea and air, to spend time with and visit relatives and friends. She never forgot to send a greeting card for birthdays, anniversaries and holidays.

Gerri was preceded in death by her husband, R.L.; daughter, Sharon Kay Monte, of Phoenix, Ariz.; twin brothers, Larry and Garry Dale, of Cedar Vale, Kan.; and nephew, Lincoln Lewis, of Kansas.

She is survived by her brother, William Ray (Nancee) Kanehl, of West Richland, Wash.; sister, Mary Lou (Bruce) Blodgett, of Wichita, Kan.; sister, Kathy (John) McMillan, of Sedan, Kan.; sisters-in-law, Lois Lee Metcalf, of Paola, Kan., Anita (David) Reed, of Neosho, Mo., Sherry Perkins, of Neosho, and Jackie (Leroy) Applequist, of Modesto, Calif.; son, Douglas Ray (Paula) Busby, of Wheatridge, Colo.; son, Larry (Billie) Dahnke, of Joplin, Mo.; grandchildren, Nicci (Bill) Srna, of Kansas, Rhonda Pruitt, of Arizona, Missy Meinhardt, of Missouri, Doug (Kristal) Dahnke, of Missouri, Troy (Christina) Busby, of Georgia, Erin Busby, of Colorado, and Paul Busby, of Colorado; great-grandchildren, Aubrey (Ben) Fetherston, of Kansas, Ryan (Kayla) Lamberson, of Georgia, Madison Meinhardt, of Missouri, Dalton Haist, of Kansas, Kannen Haist, of Kansas, Hartley Busby, of Georgia, Sara Grace Busby, of Georgia, and William Dahnke, of Missouri; great-great-granddaughter, Jaise Harper Fetherston, of Kansas; nieces and nephews, Pati Dee (Jim) Roberts, of Washington, William Kanehl, of Washington, Robert Kanehl, of Oregon, Melody (Gaylan) Nett, of Kansas, Alicia (David) Ginther, of Missouri, and Jason (Terri) Lewis, of Kansas; and many more great nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be planned for later this year and an announcement will be forthcoming.

Online condolences may be made at

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