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|James R. “Jim” Hanna, Sr.
November 20, 1929 – December 26, 2016
|James R. “Jim” Hanna, Sr., age 87, of La Porte City, died peacefully Monday, December 26, 2016 at his home.
Jim was born November 20, 1929 on the family farm near Onslow, Jones County, Iowa, the son of John Manley and Helen E. (Harvey) Hanna. Jim attended Frozen Hill Country School and later graduated from Onslow High School class of 1948.
Following graduation, he enlisted in the US Navy and served a year, returning home to help farm in 1950. He was united in marriage with Violet M. Shedeck and two sons and a daughter were born to this union. He later married Suzanne Grabanski and adopted her two daughters. On April 2, 1997 Jim married Marla McBride.
Jim farmed in the Onslow area for ten years and then bought the Lasher farm south of La Porte City in Benton County. He was a DeKalb Seed Dealer and also worked as a rural mail carrier and a handyman. Jim painted many houses in La Porte City, repaired roofs and cut trees. He always dreamed of being a border patrol agent.
Jim was a member of the La Porte City Lions Club, the National Farm Organization, the National Rifle association and the Easy Bleeders Wood Carving Club. He loved spending time outdoors hunting and fishing and his hobbies included wood carving, story-telling and gardening.
Survivors include his wife Marla of La Porte City; two sons, James R. (Suzanne) Hanna, Jr., of Middleborn, Massachusetts and Lynn (Tina) Hanna of La Porte City; a daughter, Krista (Mike) Mangrich of La Porte City; two adopted daughters, Nona Paige Sampson of New Zealand and Autumn Hayes of Oelwein; four grandchildren, Jason (Holly) Hanna, Jessica (Micah) Wilson, Nic (McKaila) Hanna and Kortney Brustkern and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Johnny Hanna; and three sisters, Lorraine Herrron, Mary Jane Hanna and Delores Kanda.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, La Porte City. Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 6, at La Porte City Funeral Home. Burial will be at West View Cemetery in La Porte City with full military honors.
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