Lois Hanley


A memorial service for 73-year old Lois Hanley of Crawford, NE, will be Thursday, Jan 6, 2022 at 11:00 at Memorial United Methodist Church in Harrison, NE, with Pastor Lami Oladimeji officiating.

Services will be livestreamed and recorded to Lois’s obituary page at

Cremation has taken place and interment will be held at a later date at the Harrison Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the family, in c/o 303 Hanley Rd Crawford, NE 69339, all to be taken to the Kansas Ranchers devastated by fires.

Lois J Hanley was born June 13, 1948 in Lusk, Wyo, to Clifford and Vera (Lantz) Leeling. She passed away unexpectedly on Wed, Dec 29, 2021.

Lois graduated from Sioux County High School and went on to attend Chadron State College for one year. She later earned her cosmetology certification from Fullen School of Hair Design in Scottsbluff, NE.

Lois married Martin Hanley on October 25, 1968, in Hot Springs, SD. Three children were born to this union: Raymond, Jenny and Rusty. The family lived in Sidney, NE, before moving to Sioux County where they began a life on the ranch.

Lois worked as the head cook at Fort Robinson for 7 years, but the job she loved the most was being a ranch wife. She was a hard worker, taking on any ranch duties necessary.

She enjoyed riding four-wheelers to complete her tasks, but her world was changed when she got a side-by-side! She could then fit her beloved dogs alongside her as she worked.

Lois was an incredible cook and cooked countless meals throughout her lifetime. Her homemade cooking was always the highlight of branding on the ranch.

Lois served on the local Farm Service Agency committee, two rural school boards, and the Sioux County High School board. She was a member of the Log Cabin Community Club and community card clubs.

Survivors include her husband, Martin Hanley; children, Raymond (Becky) Hanley, Jenny (Dale) Batt, and Rusty (Heidi) Hanley; grandchildren, Jesse (Jack) McRoberts, Rebecca (Cody) Dauel, Heather Hanley, Michael (Angelina Bannan) Hanley, Jesse (Kassidy) Young, Corbin Batt, and Lilly and Suzy Hanley; one great-grandchild Holdyn Hanley; sister-in-law, Audrey Holland; along with other extended family members and friends.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Vera Leeling; in-laws, Octave and Opal Hanley; and brother-in-law, LaVerne Hanley.

Reverence Funeral Parlor of Scottsbluff, NE, is in charge of arrangements for Lois Hanley.