Southern Pines, NC

Donald E. Banker, 86, of Southern Pines, passed away Jan. 11, 2017, at St. Joseph of the Pines Health Center, in Southern Pines, NC.  

A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date in Southern Pines.

Born on June 2nd, 1930 in Milwaukee, WI, Donald was the devoted son of the late Edward Banker and Irene Thur Banker. He served for 8 years in the Naval Reserves and 4 years in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He was a faithful member of Capitol Drive Lutheran Church in Milwaukee where he taught Sunday school and served on Church Council. Through determination and self-acquired expertise, Donald became the successful owner of American Laundry and Cleaning Supplies where he worked for 36 years. He was an avid baseball pitcher, bowler, golfer and ballroom dancer and shared his love of these pastimes with his many friends and loved ones. A former resident of Elm Grove, WI, he moved to Pinehurst, NC, in 2000, where he became an active member of the Pinehurst Country Club.

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-grandfather, he is survived by his wife of 38 years, Marlene; a daughter, Gail Vanark, and her husband, Bill; a daughter, Susan Zdeblick, and her husband, Ted; 5 grandchildren and their spouses, 1 newborn great-grandson 2 nephews and sister in law Verdell Pierce of Excelsior MN.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Health Hospice and Palliative Care, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.

Online condolences may be made at   Powell Funeral Home and Crematory of Southern Pines is assisting the family.


Memories Timeline


  1. Marlene:

    John and I are so sorry to hear about Don. When I would see Mary Reinhart, I would ask how the two of you were doing. Our deepest sympathy.

    John and Jane Albers

  2. Our deepest sympathy, Marlene. We have such warm, wonderful memories of spending time with you and Don both in and out of the business. We know his warmth and spirit lives on in his two beautiful daughters and their children.

    Warm regards,

  3. Dear Marlene,

    We are so sorry to hear about Don. We have fond memories of our good times together & know how much he will be missed. Please know that both of you are in our thoughts & prayers.

    With deepest sympathy,

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