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John L. Hannon


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John L. Hannon

AGE: 89 • Wilmington

John was born to Patrick and Kathleen Griffin Hannon in Flushing, NY in 1925, his father died in 1928, with the Depression following a year later. His widowed mother was able to keep the children together through some tough times, and they moved when he was 10 to Williamstown in Upstate NY. John turned 18 prior to the end of his senior year in high school, so he was drafted into the US Army, serving in the European Theater as a machine gunner in the infantry in World War II. He sustained a serious wound, and was awarded the Purple Heart for military merit. Following the war, using the GI bill, he graduated from Cornell with a degree from the College of Labor and Industrial Relations, moving to Pittsburgh to work with the Crucible Steel Company, and he graduated from Duquesne Law School after attending full-time night school while holding a full-time job. During this time, he met his lovely future wife Dorothy Gloekler, and they married in 1953, sharing 60 wonderful years of marriage. The family moved to Wilmington in 1958 after John was employed by the DuPont Company, and he frequently traveled to Europe for work to prevent uprooting his family. He retired in 1985, which left him more time for golfing and crabbing in his Boston Whaler, but mostly spending more time enjoying gatherings of his family and friends.

John was predeceased by his daughter Kathleen Hannon McKeown, his sister Eileen McCale and his brother Kevin Hannon. He is survived by his wife Dorothy Gloekler Hannon, his children Jay (Teri) Hannon, John "Blue" (Kathy) Hannon, Mary L. Hannon, his son-in-law Joe McKeown, his grandsons Kevin (Jill), and Brian McKeown, and Steve (Sara), and Scott (Lindsay) Hannon, as well as his sister Patricia Barry, and his brother-in-law Fred McCale.

John died at Stonegates Health Center in Greenville, DE, following 4 years of wonderful care by all the nursing and activity staff, acting as a second loving family to John. We can never thank them enough.

Family will receive friends from 930-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4701 Weldin Road, Wilm., DE 19803 where a Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at Newark Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations IHM Outreach or the in John's name, 240 N. James St., Suite 100 A, Newport, De 19804. To send condolences visit: www.mccreryand harra.com.



Published in The News Journal from Apr. 24 to Apr. 26, 2014
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