Wesley G. Hanken

Posted July 3, 2013 at 1:18 pm


Dec. 16, 1926 – June 28, 2013

Wesley Hanken. age 86, died Friday, June 28, 2013. at the Jones Regional Medical Center, Anamosa, following a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 Wednesday morning, July 3, 2013 (today) at SS. Peter & Paul Lutheran Church rural Monticello with interment in the Oakwood Cemetery, Monticello. Rev. Paul Finger will officiate at the services.    Friends called from 4 until 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello. 

Wesley G. Hanken was born December 16, 1926, near Center Junction, Iowa.   He was the son of Wesley C. and Eva Moats, Hanken.  He received his early education in the rural schools near Center Junction and graduated from the Monticello Community Schools.  

Wesley served in the United States Army during WWII.   He was a sergeant in the Caribbean Defense Command stationed in Panama.  

Wesley Hanken and Nedra Kromminga were married on January 15, 1945, at Iowa City, Iowa.   The couple farmed north of Springville for many years, and moved to a farm in Castle Grove Township near Monticello in 1975.  Wesley also managed the Farmers Exchange Coop in Central City and operated a construction business. 

Wesley was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Lutheran Church.  He had been a 4-H Leader for the Whittier Willing Workers, and a director of the Iowa Lumber Dealers Association.  He loved to plant trees all over his property.  

Surviving are his wife, Nedra, five children, W. Chris (Lin) Hanken, Maquoketa; Cynthia (John) Coy,  Wintergreen, Va.; Jay Hanken, Monticello; Jeff (Sharon) Hanken, Cedar Rapids; Beth Hanken, Monticello; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, David (Margie) Hanken, Golden Dale, Wash.; and a favorite aunt, Imogene Doden, Vancouver, Wash.  

He was preceded in death by his parents,  a granddaughter, Shanna, his step-father, Glen Bancroft, and three sisters, Virginia, Naomi and Catherine.

Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at goettschonline.com.  In lieu of flowers, a memorials may be given to S.S. Peter & Paul Lutheran Church, Jones Regional Medical Center or Above and Beyond Hospice.