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Henry "(Hank)" Hanno(1934 - 2013)

Henry (Hank) Hanno, 79, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend passed away on Nov. 22, 2013, in Chandler, Ariz. He was born in Lewistown, Mont., on March 15, 1934, to Michael and Ruth Nerbovig Hanno. The family moved to Bozeman in 1945 where he graduated from Gallatin County High School in 1952.

Hank then joined the United States Navy and served his country as an air traffic controller. He was veteran of the Korean War and was also stationed in the Philippines during the Vietnam conflict. He retired from the Navy in 1974, with over 20 years of service as a Chief Warrant Officer 3.

After retiring from the Navy, the family settled in California where he and the love-of-his-life, Gabrielle, raised their four children: Mike, Janine, Marc and Monique. Hank worked as a marketing director for TR Industries, but no one could take Montana out of him. On his small ranch in Escondido, Calif., he tended his cattle and a large fruit orchard.

In 1993, upon retirement, Hank and Gabrielle moved to Sun Lakes, Ariz. There, Hank engaged in one of the biggest passions of his life: golf. For nearly 20 years, Hank could be found playing golf in various men's groups around the Phoenix area. He was awarded Club Champion two years in a row from the Cottonwood Men's Golf Association.

Hank was also a man of great faith and was active in the Sun Lakes Community Church. Hank often spent his Saturday evenings diligently preparing a prayer that would be prayed in the Sunday morning service.

His father, mother and sister, Eileen Pollinger, preceded Hank in death. Survivors include his wife, Gabrielle; sons, Michael Hesse and his wife, Mary, Marc and his wife, Tammy; daughters, Jeanine Hesse, Monique and her husband, Walter Comeau; six granddaughters; sisters, Marilyn Dyk of Manhattan, Mont. and Barbara Hanno of Bozeman.

His loving family and a multitude of friends will miss him. He was a hard-working, committed man to both family and country – a true hero.

He will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 3, 2013
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