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Elmer Tobias Hanken
October 19, 1914–November 13, 2007
Elmer Tobias Hanken, age 93, passed away November 13, 2007, due to complications of old age; he was the last remaining member of his generation.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 Saturday morning, November 17, 2007 at the St. John Lutheran Church, rural Monticello with interment in the Oakwood Cemetery, with Military Honors. Pastor Reed Stockman will officiate the service. Friends may call from 4 to 7 Friday at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello.
Elmer is survived by his wife Helen Hanken of Monticello, and 2 sons Steve (Maurene) Hanken of Cedar Rapids, Phil (Angie) Hanken of Monticello, and 5 grandchildren, and a great grandchild. Preceding him in death are his parents; a daughter Sheila Flannagan, and 3 brothers Bill, Gerke, and Edward, 2 sisters; Bernice Hayen, and Emma Purcell.
Elmer Hanken was born near Langworthy, Iowa October 19, 1914 to Fredrick A. Hanken and Anna M. Bohlken. He was raised in the Lutheran faith, baptized and confirmed at St. Johns Lutheran, the church whose early founders were members of his great grandfathers family. Elmer was educated at Wayne Number 9 and later drafted and served in B Battery, 601st Field Artillery Pack, as a gunner. His service took him from the Aleutian Campaign around to the other side of the world to Italy, France, Germany, and Austria. He was part of the group that relieved the infantry at Dachau concentration camp as the war drew to a close.
Following the war he married Helen Ortgies at St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Anamosa November 17, 1948. The couple rented a farm in Lovell Township prior to purchasing a farm in Scotch Grove Township, which was their home for thirty years. After retiring they purchased an acreage in Hardscrabble and lived there comfortably until a broken leg, complicated by a stroke, required Elmer to move to the Monticello and Nursing Rehab Center. He will be greatly missed by many family and friends.

Submitted by: Steve Hanken
Source: Goettsch Funeral Home


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