Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 3 at the Quimby United Methodist Church, Rev. Carolyn Hollar officiating. Burial was in the Quimby Cemetery, with military rites at the graveside by the Lyle W. Barnes Post #398 of the American Legion and L.A. Wescott Post 2253 of the V.F.W.
Earl Hanks was born on Jan. 14, 1924 at Sioux Falls, S.D. to Aesof & Rachel (Little) Hanks. He attended Ida Grove Schools. While in High School he worked at the Ida Grove Theater running the movie projector. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in February of 1943, and served his country until being honorably discharged in Nov. of 1945. During WW II, he served with the 44th Infantry Regimen, serving in Germany, Austria, France, England and Ireland. He was injured and received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal and a President's Citation.
Earl was married to Dorothy Watt on July 9, 1944 at Salina, Kansas. After returning home from the service, he worked as a farm hand at Ute, Iowa for a short time, then in 1947 began working at Simonsen's in Quimby, where he worked for 41 years, retiring in 1988. Earl served on the Quimby City Council from 1974 until 2001, and the Cherokee County Landfill Commission from 1975 until 1999. Earl was a member of the Quimby United Methodist Church. He was very active in the American Legion, serving as commander of the Lyle W. Barnes Post #398 for many years and was also a member of L.A. Wescott Post 2253 of the V.F.W. He loved to go fishing and enjoyed working in the garden. He had been a resident of the Cherokee Villa since April of 2007.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers- Dale, Louis, and Walter Hanks.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy, one son and one daughter: Earl Eugene Hanks and his wife Peggy of Milwaukie, Oregon and Thelma Jean Hanks of Quimby, Iowa; three granddaughters: Tina Marie Hanks of Milwaukie, Ore.; Carrie Lynn Hanks and her special friend Tim Evanson of Auburn, Wash.; Stacie Ann Driggs and her husband David of Cherokee; four great-grandchildren: Dylon and Aspyn Evanson, Allison and Zachary Driggs; three sisters: Dolsie Chasteen of Milwaukie, Ore.; Etta Chasteen and Rosella Chasteen of Hubbard, Ore.; four brothers: James Hanks and his wife Mary of Missouri Valley; Wayne Hanks and his wife Pat Buck Hanks of Cherokee; Jerry Hanks and his wife Donna of Onawa; Gilbert Hanks and his wife Darlene of Oregon City, Ore.; a sister-in-law Kathy Hanks of Onawa;and many nieces and nephews