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LaVerne Lawrence Hankins, 76, went home to heaven Aug. 2, 2013.
He was born Dec. 9, 1936, in Saginaw, Ore., to Lloyd and Iola Hankins. The family sold the Delight Valley Dairy and moved to Klamath County in 1937.
LaVerne attended Bonanza School grades one through 12 and graduated in 1955.
He continued working on the family farm/ranch while attending Oregon Institute of Technology. He graduated in 1957 with an associate's degree in agriculture.
He married Christine Childs in August of 1957. Together on the family farm/ranch, they raised five children, a foster son and numerous kids who came to help. They developed a herd of Charolais cattle (Morning Star Charolais), sold bulls, raised hay and grain, did custom farming and later sold electric fencing, alfalfa and grass seed.
LaVerne enjoyed brightly colored flowers, taking a "Sunday drive," watching wildlife, and traveling when he could. He loved people, was very generous and enjoyed helping others. His faith in God was very important to him. He helped found the Bonanza Community Church, where he served as a deacon and then an elder for many years. He served on the Bonanza Park Board and other service organizations, including the Farm Bureau, the Soil Conservation and the Gideons.
LaVerne is survived by Christine, his wife of 56 years, and children Linden (Helen) Hankins, LaVonne (Dale) Marsland, Daniel (Vera) Hankins, Dan (Nancy) Hart, Delores Hankins (Trista Jolly), and Roger (Dayna) Hankins, his mother Iola, now 102, foster sisters Nancy (David) Smith and Charlotte (Rick) Smith, and grandchildren Clinton, Miles (Patience), Hannah (Jordan) Lyman, Kirsten, Kayli, Jesse and Elizabeth.
A special thanks to his friends and helpers Dave Donais, Chuck Smith, and others too many to mention.
Those wishing to do so may send contributions in memory of LaVerne Hankins to Klamath Falls Gospel Mission, P.O. Box 87, Klamath Falls, OR 97601.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Aug. 17 in Bonanza Community Church followed by a potluck lunch.
Please sign the online guest book at www.heraldandnews.com/obituaries.
Published in Herald And News on Aug. 11, 2013