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Kenneth H. Hankins
August 5, 1924 - February 16, 2014
Resident of Granite Bay
Born in Illinois of the union of P.L. and Blanch Hankins, the second of five siblings. Ken served aboard the destroyer escort U.S.S. Coates during World War II. Ken was fleet boxing champion and a life long avid sports fan. Upon discharge he married his childhood sweetheart, R. Louise Bracken. Ken graduated Magna Cum Laude in civil engineering from the University of Illinois. He worked for the Illinois State Highway Department where his major project was the clover leaf Highway 251 interchange in Rockford, IL. After moving to California in 1955 he worked on the Stanford Lineal Accelerator, Civil Defense shelters and the Oroville Dam, once America's largest earthen dam. He also, played semi-pro baseball, coached Little League Baseball and was active in the Boy Scouts.
In the early sixties Ken was Project Engineer for Valco Industrial Park, Valco Shopping Mall, Cupertino Village, Westgate Mall and the Evergreen Hydrostatic Pipeline, which still services a large portion of E. San Jose's water needs. In 1975 he forged the founding of HMH Inc. Consulting Civil Engineers, Planners and Surveyors. Ken was president and CEO. HMH projects included The Villas of Almaden, portions of the San Jose light rail, extension of Highway 87, Shea Homes, Devcon, and the Emeryville Watergate condo conversion, at the time the largest west of the Mississippi River. Ken retired to Granite Bay, CA. where he became active in the Oak Avenue Free Methodist church.
Ken was preceded in death by his youngest brother, Lewis Hankins, and the love of his life Louise. He is survived by siblings LeRoy Hankins, Gene Hankins and Lois Gilbert. Also, surviving are his children Valerie Hankins and Richard Hankins, grandchildren Ashley Hankins Michny and Luke Hankins and son in law Frank Michny. Ken was extremely generous to friends, family and many others. He leaves behind a legacy of goodwill and projects beneficial to the public.
The family invites you to attend a visitation 4:00 to 7:00pm on Thursday, February 27, 2014 and a Celebration of his Life at 10:00am on Friday, February 28, 2014 at Chapel of the Valley 97 Vernon Street Roseville, CA 95678. A private burial will follow at Newcastle Cemetery in Newcastle, CA.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Feb. 23, 2014
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