Beverly (Bev) S. Pankey of Cascade, passed away to his heavenly home on August 11, 2020. Bev was the husband of the love of his life, Dianne, for 53 years; proud Dad of Todd (Colleen) Pankey, Doug (Jennifer) Pankey, and Paige (Todd) Gustafson; Grandfather of Ashley, Anna Claire, Will, Luke and Garrett. He was also the wonderful brother of Homer and Harriet. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jane Beverly; father, Homer; brother Garnett and sisters Norma Jean and Helen. Bev, born July 17, 1938 in Martinsburg, WV, served our country for more than 20 years after graduating from the US Naval Academy in 1961. He later taught and held executive positions in higher education at Aquinas College, Methodist College, Indiana University, and Georgia Southwestern University. His family remembers his love of country as a lifelong supporter of the US Navy and his commitment to service. His spirit will continue to swim laps in the pools of Grand Rapids, the rivers of West Virginia, and the oceans around the world. Bev will be missed at the Sunday services of Forest Hills Presbyterian Church where he was an active parishioner, served on the fund-raising committee, and enjoyed time with his many friends. He was also a lover of all things furry with a pack of dogs and cats to whom he dedicated his heart and soul. Private services will be held by his family with Military Honors. Memorial donations may be made to the Forest Hills Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund, 7495 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 or to the Humane Society, 3077 Wilson NW Grand Rapids, MI 49534.
It didn’t take long to become good friends with Bev Pankey. He was such a friendly and open person with such a big heart where nonprofits were concerned. I was fortunate enough to have meet Bev as he came on board at Methodist University (then Methodist College) as the Vice President for Advancement. He came without Dianne in those first few months of employment. Missing Dianne and his family it took only one quick invitation for Bev to come to dinner with my family and another new Methodist employee. From there Bev become a regular visitor and my family and I truly enjoyed our time together. When Dianne arrived in Fayetteville we were quickly introduced and our dinners together as two families became regular events. Over the years my family and I have often spoken of the fun we had and the shared times wishing there had been more time together, but alas Michigan called and Bev and Dianne moved back north. We know that those in close contact will miss this dear fellow and all the joy and laughter that he was prone to bring to a room. My family and I send our heartfelt sympathy and prayers at this time of loss.