Bev Janke (Past Executive Director of the ND FFA Foundation)

Bev passed away August 26, 2008.  She will be missed most by the FFA community.  In her honor, two Washington Leadership Conference scholarships will be named the Bev Janke Memorial WLC Scholarships.  Memorials are also being accepted for leadership training for state FFA officers.

Memorials for Bev:
Tim Aichele, Erica Althoff, Elvin Anderson, Mike Axt, Bruce and Lynelle Bachmeier, Keith Bohn, Brady, Martz & Associates, Gabe Brown, Andrew and KariAnn Buntrock, Craig Danielson, Kyle and Betsy Debertin, Richard and Rosemary Debertin, Katie and Stuart Dilse, Allen and Diane Dockter, David Dockter, Chad and Julie Ellingson, Al Giese, Shane and Brenda Goettle, Lorissa (Benson) Green, Walt Haberman, Don Hagen, Curtis and Roberta Hagert, Tom Hanson, Bruce and Debra Hatlewick, Butch and Diane Haugland, Toby and Ellen Huber, Glen and Amanda Huettl, Mark Holkup, Duane Hummel, Joel Janke, Mike Kelly, Erica Kenner, Anton and Alvera Leier, Oscar and Cindy Lundquist, Will MacDonald, Reuben Mayer, Sonia Meehl, Jean Meyer, Tammy Meyer, April Mitchell, Lane Mollenkamp, Dean Moos, NDAAE, ND Farm Management Education Assn., ND Grain Dealers Assn., Kevin Nelson, Cliff Nygard, Cindy Olson, Jay and Vangie Olson, Nels and Kathy Peterson, Richard and Janet Sabol, Rick Schmidt, Brian Schneider, Beth and Wayne Stenehjem, Andy Swenson, Brad Tews, Bernie Vchulek, Ed Volk and Families, Karen Vossler, Dennis Walsh, Bill Well, Jerry and Joan Wettlaufer

Quotes from Past Officers, advisors, & Friends:

Bev's special gift of wrapping her heart around ours made this world a better place. She didn't sensor her thoughts, which made her the life of the party! I also always marvel how Joel and Bev take young people at such influential times in their lives, and cast a net of love and comfort around them. Bev's spunk carried her through years of making friends, and spreading cheer. -- Katie Volk Dilse

While attending National Convention in Kansas City in the Howard Johnson hotel (the one with the cockroaches), a group of us are visiting in the FFA suite during the evening when all of a sudden Bev jumps, screams and all of a sudden was now sitting in my lap. Why? A huge cockroach was on the wall about 5 feet from her." -- Richard Sabol (past advisor)


Beverly Bev A. Janke, 68, of Bismarck, passed away on Aug. 26, 2008 at her home after a courageous battle with cancer. Services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 30, at Zion Lutheran Church at 10:30 a.m. with the Revs Thomas R. Marcis Jr. and Douglas Bergelin officiating. Burial will be held at St. Ansgar Lutheran Cemetery, rural LaMoure at 4p.m.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Bismarck Funeral Home and continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

Bev was born on May 21, 1940, rural LaMoure to Maurice and Violet (Krapu) Hanson. She was raised on a farm near LaMoure and attended LaMoure Public School, graduating in 1958. She then attended Concordia College. Bev married Joel C. Janke on Jan. 2, 1960 at St. Ansgar Lutheran Church and together had two children. She worked for various organizations including the LaMoure County ASCS office in the early 1960s, the Bismarck Public Schools in the mid 1970s, the Bismarck State College Farm Management Program and served as Executive Director of the North Dakota FFA Foundation for 22 years until retiring in 2002. Bev loved to be with her children and grandchildren, especially during the holiday season. She also loved to travel and visit the fifty United States and most of the Canadian Provinces. Shes been a member of Zion Lutheran Church since 1971.

She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Joel, of Bismarck, one son Michael (Margie) Janke, of LaMoure, one daughter, Shari (Steven) Schmit, of Bismarck, five grandchildren, Naomi, Sarah and Timothy Janke, Krista (Kelly) McNiece and Adam Marsh, great grandchildren, Kelsey and Ashlin McNiece, one sister, Connie (Ray) Westmeyer, of Minot and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Our Purpose                 

The ND FFA Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of providing financial support to the educational activities of members and chapters of the ND FFA Association.  The FFA Foundation was established in 1980.  

Contact Information

Telephone:   701-224-8390 (office in Bismarck) Beth Bakke Stenehjem & Joel Janke
Postal address:    ND FFA Foundation   PO Box 6022   Bismarck, ND  58506-6022
Physical address: 909 Basin Avenue  Bismarck, ND 58504
Electronic mail 
General Information:

Davenport Location:

Tam Maddock
16180 48th St SE  Davenport, ND 58021
Phone: 701-212-5235