Joseph Arthur Lanko

January 22, 1925May 5, 2019

WWII Veteran and 30+ years Union Oil employee, Joseph Arthur Lanko, 94, was born on January 22, 1925 in Binghamton, New York.

He passed away in Visalia, CA on May 5, 2019.

He is survived by his son, Stephen J. Lanko, daughter in-law, Lisa Lanko, Justina Bolt, Norman Stainbrook, Grant and Gavin Lanko.

Joe moved to Coalinga in 1942 and was drafted in 1943. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force and returned to Coalinga in 1945, joined our local Elks Lodge and became a beloved member of Coalinga.

Joe made many close, life long friends and was a great help to whoever needed him. He met and married Marybeth in 1969 and a year later were blessed with their only son Stephen. He was a dedicated family man that loved to socialize.

There were many fishing and camping trips with family and friends.

We would like to invite all of those friends to join us at the Elks Lodge for Joes last call. We will be Barbecuing...Side dishes welcome!!!


  • Christopher Lanko, Father
  • Marybeth Lanko, Wife
  • Stephen J. Lanko, Son
  • Lisa Lanko, Daughter-in-law
  • Justina Bolt, Granddaughter
  • Norman Stainbrook, Grandson
  • Grant Lanko, Grandson
  • Gavin Lanko, Grandson


  • Celebration of Joseph's Life Saturday, May 18, 2019


Joseph Arthur Lanko

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Andrea Buckley

May 12, 2019

My Dad and Joe were friends for a long time. I remember going over to the house when I was a young girl and Joe always having little knickknacks to give me and my sister, along with two dollar bills. When going through my Dads things we found some of the bills the other day. My Dad, shortly before he passed, spoke about Joes, saying he wanted to visit with him. Now they will both be able to visit and BS together anytime they would like. I know my Dad cherished his friendship and I will always have fond memories of him from my childhood.