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Laurence Hankey 1920-2016

Apr 14, 2016

GRAETTINGER — Funeral service for Laurence Hankey will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 14, at the United Methodist Church, Graettinger. Pastor Joe Callahan will officiate.

Interment will be in St. Jacob’s Catholic Cemetery, Graettinger. The Henry-Olson Funeral Home in Graettinger is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is from 9 to11 a.m. Thursday at the Church only in Graettinger.

John Laurence (Botten) Hankey, was born in Emmetsburg on July 22, 1920, the son of John S Botten and Gladys (Hastings) Botten. Laurence attended rural Osgood schools and then Emmetsburg high school, graduating in 1938.

He worked on the family farm until his country called at the onset of World War II, and he was inducted into the United States Army. During WWII Laurence served in campaigns in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and then continental Europe, in the countries of France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

Laurence was united in marriage to Dorothy Anne Tindall on May 29, 1948. The couple was engaged in farming in the Graettinger area. This union resulted in six children: Lorraine, John, Constance, Ronald, Robert and David.

For many years Laurence served as a county assessor and then served on the board of the Palo Alto County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service. Laurence was also an active member of the local American Legion Post where we worked for many years. He retired from farming in 1995.

The Great Depression and his military service were lifelong influences on the way he lived. Hard work, sacrifice and sharing with family and neighbors became a part of him. Laurence enjoyed fishing and was often seen on the local lakes fishing and exchanging fish tales with others.

He departed this life peacefully, surrounded by loving family, in Emmetsburg on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at the age of 95 years, 8 months and 19 days. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, his brother Henry and sister Ruth. He is survived by his six children, ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He lives on in our hearts. www.henryolsonfuneral.com