August John Banitt, age 82 of Cannon Falls, died at home on Sunday, March 13, 2016. August was born on October 21, 1933 in Zumbrota Township, MN the son of August W. and Lillian H. (Brunckhorst) Banitt. August farmed growing up, and was inducted in the US Army in 1956. He was honorably discharged in 1958, and returned to farming. He married Meredith M. Banks on October 3, 1964 at Vasa Lutheran Church.
Following his farming years, August worked at different employers; Hancock Concrete, Mid-America Creamery, as a roofer, Peterson Turkey Farm, Riviera Cabinets in Red Wing, Goodhue County Canning Company in Kenyon, and Nelson's Mink Farm in Cannon Falls. He was a member of Our Saviour's Ev. Lutheran Church in Cannon Falls, and was known to his family as a prayer warrior. He loved farm life, especially his animals, vegetable gardening, and his wife's cooking. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Meredith "Mary"; children, John (Lori) of Ocala, FL, Diann (Rodney) Holst, James (Missy), and Scott (Becki), all of Cannon Falls; grandchildren, Shane (Jen) Reeves, Abbie (Cameron) Ripple, Deven Banitt, Kameron and Katelynn Holst, Jack and Lexy Banitt, Michael (Samantha) Banitt, Ashley Banitt (fiancé Brian Strauss), and Tayler Banitt; sisters, Lucille Mehrkens of Mazeppa and June Ohnstad of Wanamingo; and many other sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, LeRoy; sister, Violet (Elmer) Stiller; sister, Eileen (Leonard) Groth; and brothers-in-law, Ernest Ohnstad and Clarence Mehrkens. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 16 from 4-8 p.m. at Lundberg Funeral Home in Cannon Falls. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 17 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation from 10-11 a.m., at Our Saviour's Ev. Lutheran Church in Cannon Falls. A military honors farewell will follow the funeral service at church. Private interment will take place at a later date. Active pallbearers will be Michael Banitt, Deven Banitt, Kameron Holst, Jack Banitt, Dan Ohnstad, and Jon Ryan. Honorary pallbearers will be Shane Reeves, Abbie Ripple, Katelynn Holst, Lexy Banitt, Ashley Banitt and Tayler Banitt.
Funeral Home: Lundberg Funeral Home 5839 Hwy 19 Blvd Cannon Falls, MN US 55009
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
- 8:00 PM
Lundberg Funeral Home
5839 Hwy 19 Blvd
Cannon Falls, MN 55009
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Our Saviour's Ev. Lutheran Church
30370 Hardwood Way
Cannon Falls, MN 55009
with visitation at church from 10-11 a.m. Military honors farewell will follow the funeral service at church