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John Frederick Hanke

July 9, 1922 - December 16, 2013


In the early morning hours of Monday, December 16, 2013, JOHN FREDERICK HANKE passed away at the F. W. Green Memorial Home in Cranbrook at the age of 91 years.  John was born on July 9, 1922 in Moose Lake, Saskatchewan to Joseph and Blondina Hanke.

John was an avid outdoorsman – he loved to hunt and fish. His most cherished and proudest memories was grizzly bear hunting with his son Rob. One of his favourite spots was the Sitting Bull near Canal Flats.  John loved life and always lived his to the fullest.  He was always very social and enjoyed entertaining people with good food and  good times.  He loved to dance and enjoy music you could tap your toes to.  John loved to travel and took great pleasure in the trips he took whether it be a cruise  to Alaska or a  trek down to Texas.  He was a true cowboy at heart. 

John was a great dad and will be sadly missed by his son; Robert (Tracy) Hanke and one granddaughter, Katlin Hanke.  Also left behind are one brother and one sister; Dennis Hanke and Annie Popoff. John leaves many nieces and nephews and one very special nephew, Edward Arnold and his wife Marg.  John will also be sadly missed by his special friend and companion, Evylyn Weilchel . We will all miss John’s jokes, good sense of humour and his big heart.                                                      

A Celebration of John’s life will be held at a later date.


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From: Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff

Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Don and Bev McCormick
Relation: Friends

We will always remember the day that John showed us around our property (next to his) and welcomed us to the neighborhood. He told us we would always be his ‘family’; such a kind, caring neighbor, always with a story ready to be shared.
Our condolences to Evylyn, Rob and family……..

From: Carol atchison
Relation: His son auntie

So very sorry to hear the sad news, I seen john on Thursday I never. Thought that it would be the last time or the last hug. Or the kiss on the cheek that brought that little smile . John will always have that special spot in my heart,you do as well Robbie . As I write this it has me thinking about that first day so many years ago.and the first picture of the 3 of us in Brisco love and hugs Robbie and family

From: Ray and Angela Fregin
Relation: Friends

Rob and family
We are so sorry for your loss! Our thoughts are with you all !

From: Lori & Cam
Relation: Uncle

Please accept our condolences for your loss and ours. May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.

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