Karl August Hanke (1925 - 2012)

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Karl August Hanke
Aug. 28, 1925 - July 6, 2012

Karl August Hanke passed away peacefully after a six-month illness at his home surrounded by his family on Friday, July 6, 2012. Karl was the first of three generations of pharmacists. He worked at and later owned Corner Drug Store in Woodland.
Karl was born in Marysville, on Aug. 28, 1925. He had been a resident of Woodland for 76 years. Karl began working as a delivery boy at Corner Drug Co. when he was 16. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was on a train to boot camp while his high school class was graduating. He served in the Air Corps from March 1944 to April 1946. After his discharge he attended UC Davis. In 1951 he graduated from UCSF School of Pharmacy.
Karl returned to Woodland and began his career as a pharmacist. While working at the Corner Drug Store he met and married his beloved wife Eldrid (Olsen) Hanke. They were married on Jan. 21, 1951, and enjoyed 44 years of marriage. He was a registered pharmacist and his career spanned more than 50 years. Karl later sold the pharmacy to his daughter Lisa Shelley, Pharm.D. She and her daughter Sara, also a Pharm.D., continue operating the family owned business.
Karl's granddaughter, Amy Hammonds, Pharm.D., followed in his footsteps as a registered pharmacist and owns an independent pharmacy in Broken Bow, Okla.
Karl enjoyed spending time with his family. They enjoyed many family vacations which included trips to the Trinity Alps, Dillion Beach, Burney Falls, and later in life spending time at their trailer in Sierra City. They took their kids on a cross country trip, to Toronto, Canada, in a tent trailer, stopping at many memorable places such as Niagara Falls, the Ford Motor Co. factory in Detroit, and Yellowstone National Park, just to name a few. Karl and Eldrid traveled in Europe and Norway to visit relatives and went on many cruises. They both enjoyed spending time fishing and enjoying the great outdoors. The Hankes also enjoyed many adventures with McKesson Drug Co. to such places as Toronto, New York City, Hawaii, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Karl was an active member of the Woodland Host Lions Club for more than 50 years and served as club president twice. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and served on the city of Woodland, Downtown Woodland Revitalization Committee that presented their report to the City Council in 1986.
Karl is survived by his children and spouses: Kristine Carroll (Ron) of Golden, Okla., Lisa Shelley (Ed), Eric Hanke (Laura) and Katherine Hanke (Garth Williams) all of Woodland; sisters: Frieda Hanke of Woodland and Anna Bell of Redding; grandchildren: Whitney Hopson (Roy), Eagletown, Okla., Amy Hammonds (Ricky) of Idabel, Okla., Jeffrey Hanke (Misty) of San Diego, Sara Shelley of Sacramento, Jim Shelley and Kristina Shelley and Taggart Williams of Woodland; great-grandchildren: Megan, Kelsey, Mason, Ella, and Kate of Oklahoma, and Tanner and Teagan of San Diego. His companion, of many years Judy Giusti of Robbins, also survives him. Karl was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Eldrid, who passed away in December 1995, a few months before their 45th anniversary; parents Karl E. Hanke and Anna Hanke, younger sister Gloria; and his in-laws Karl and Velma Olsen.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 12, at McNary's Funeral Chapel, 458 College St., Woodland. A Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 13, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 301 Walnut St., Woodland, with burial following at Monument Hill Memorial Park, 35036 CR-22, Woodland. There will be a reception immediately following. The family has requested that donations be directed to Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 301 Walnut St., Woodland, 95659; Yolo Hospice, 1909 Galileo Court, Suite A, Davis, 95618; Woodland Host Lions Club, 417 Lincoln Ave.; or the Yolo Wayfarer Center, 607 Main St., Woodland, 95695.
Funeral Home
McNary's Chapel
458 College Street Woodland, CA 95695
(530) 662-5411
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Published in Daily Democrat from July 11 to Aug. 10, 2012
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