Ronald James Hanks
1942 ~ 2013
"Ron" Hanks, 71, died June 10, 2013, at his home in Eagle, ID, from a short battle with liver cancer. Ron had battled and survived lung cancer in 2006.
He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on January 24, 1942. Ron joined the U.S. Marine Corp and served proudly and honorably. He was a Vietnam veteran.
Ron recently said that he had a great life and that he had no regrets. During that life, he drove truck cross country for work and his motorcycle cross country and everywhere else for fun. Ron grew to the position of Service Manager in the pioneering stages of the cell phone industry. When he retired to Idaho, he established a gunsmithing business.
He loved to hunt, fish and camp and enjoyed doing them for as long as he was able. He also loved to laugh and make people laugh. He told some great stories and was known for some sayings that were his alone.
Ron was a Past Exalted Ruler of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of Lodge No. 2220, Fairfield, Connecticut and Lifetime Member of the Meriden, Connecticut Elks Lodge No. 35. He was a proud member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is survived by his wife, Valerie; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Paul & Martha Schmidt of Boise, ID; his nieces and nephews; grand nieces and nephews; and the rest of his relatives and friends.
The family is so grateful for the compassionate care he received from Dr. Gretchen Kohler and Dr. Clinton Mallari throughout the years. We also thank Hearts for Hospice, and a special thank you to Sharon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Salvation Army. "Sal's", as Ron called it, was always there for him and his family in times of need when he was a child.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. in the Augustana Chapel of Immanuel Lutheran Church, 707 Fort St, Boise, on Saturday, June 15, 2013.
An interment service will be held on July 10, 2013, at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery at 11:00 a.m.
Published in Idaho Statesman on June 14, 2013