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SPC Grant A. Yohnka

January 15, 1981 - 2002
U.S. Army

Specialist Grant Yohnka was born in Kankakee, IL . His father Andrew (Andy) Yohnka of Chebanse, IL contacted me a few months ago, and asked if I would do his son’s portrait. Grant passed away in 2002 following a short and courageous battle with brain cancer. >/p>

Grant was a 1999 graduate of BBCHS from Bourbonnais, Illinois. Growing up Grant loved playing baseball and football. He achieved High School letters in both. He also was All Star, All Area, and All conference in both sports. Grant was an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears Fan. He loved his WWF wrestling and attended several WrestleMania events.

Grant joined the Army in 2000. He was serving with A-5th Engineers. Here are statements made by his proud and loving father:

“Grant was a hard charging young man who valued the title of ‘Soldier’. They once said if you could take Grant’s enthusiasm, pride and work ethic and print it on a poster, distributing it throughout America’s U.S. Army recruiters, there would never be a problem getting enlistees.

“Grand believed in Fight always, love with True Heart, never give up, know pride, and lead by example. COLD STEEL.”

When he sent me the ‘request a portrait’ form, Mr Yohnka had written: Grant was the best kid ever – he was just a kid taken too soon.”

Our sympathies go out to all of Grant’s family and friends. It was definately my honor to paint his portrait.

Portrait sponsored by:
Jerry and Mary Price, Rochester, Minnesota