Spec. Grant A. Yohnka, 21, of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., formerly of Chebanse, died July 2, 2002, at the Lifecare Center in Waynesville, Mo., following a short and courageous battle with brain cancer.
Born Jan. 15, 1981, in Kankakee, he was the son of Andrew and Kris Bernard Yohnka. He was a soldier in the U.S. Army, serving with the A-5th Engineers. He was a 1999 graduate of Central High School in Clifton and enjoyed sports. He was a Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs fan.
Survivors include his wife, the former Amber Gustin whom he married Feb. 7, 2002, at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.; two brothers -- Alexander Yohnka and Bryan Yohnka, both of Chebanse; his father, Andrew Yohnka of Chebanse; paternal grandparents, Richard and Bonita Yohnka of Chebanse; his mother, Kris Bernard of Martinton; and his maternal grandparents, George "Barney" Bernard and Patricia Bernard, all of Cherokee Village.
The funeral was at United Church of Christ in Chebanse with the Rev. Dennis Brayman officiating. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery in Chebanse.
Memorials may be made to the Army Emergency Relief fund in Alexandria, Va.