Ron Hanks


Graveside services with military honors for 83-year old Ron Hanks of Hay Springs, NE, are Friday, Feb 4, 2022 at 10:00 AM at the Hay Springs City Cemetery with Pastor Wierschke officiating.

A memorial has been established for the Hay Springs Fire Department and donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain Drabbels Mortuary, PO Box 443, Hay Springs, Nebraska 69347.

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Ronald Lloyd Hanks was born on July 29, 1938, in Hay Springs to Lloyd and Wilma Hanks. He passed from this life in his home on February 3, 2022, was welcomed into the gates of Heaven and loving arms of God, our Father, with his family at his side.

Ronnie grew up with 3 sisters: Mary, Phyllis and Glenda. He joined the Army in 1960 and was honorably discharged in 1966. His time in the service of his country was the only time he lived somewhere other than the Hay Springs area.

While stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX, he was joined in marriage to Marianne Siegrist of Hay Springs on May 11, 1962. To this union were born three sons: Wade, Cory and Lynn.

Upon his return to Hay Springs, Ronnie worked for Everett and Lola Rincker on their farm on Mirage Flats for 21 years until the family moved into town in 1984. He then worked for the City of Hay Springs until retiring in 2003.

In retirement, his best days were spent golfing, gardening, playing pool and card games. He was also a devoted fan at his kids’ and grandkids’ sporting events.

Ronnie is survived by his wife Marianne of Hay Springs; sons Wade Hanks, Crawford, NE; Cory (Tia) Hanks, Hay Springs; and Lynn (Teri) Hanks, Crawford; grandchildren Darrick (Lacie) Hanks, Mullen, NE; Haley (Jesse) Savala, Thedford, NE; Jake Hanks, Crawford; and Sadie Hanks, Hay Springs; Great-grandchildren Ava Savala, Ellianna Collins, and the expected arrival of new baby girl in March to Darrick and Lacie Hanks.

Also left to mourn his passing are his sisters, Mary Hood of Morrill, NE; Phyllis (Steve “Luke”) Lucas of Powell, WY; and Glenda Cushing of Rushville, NE, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.

Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents, inlaws Lavern and Mary Siegrist, Martin Siegrist, Gary Siegrist, Dave Hood and Jim Cushing.

Most recently the heartbreaking loss of daughter-in-law Hattie (Wade) Hanks, granddaughter Rylee (Justin) Downs. and her unborn baby in a traffic accident left a void in his earthly life.

Chamberlain Drabbels Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

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