Roger C. Hanks

Roger C. Hanks, 70, a resident of Somers for most of his life, died early Monday afternoon, Oct. 8, 2012, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Springfield, a son of the late Chester W. and Ethel (Burnham) Hanks. Roger was employed with the Town of Somers for 32 years from which he was recently retiring as the operator of the town transfer station. He also owned and operated Roger's Landscaping and Plowing, a family owned and operated business, which he started in 2004. Roger and his brother Clinton co-owned and raced a modified race car for several years which they ran at most of the local tracks in Massachusetts and Connecticut as well as traveling occasionally to the Poconos. He was an avid NASCAR fan, enjoyed snowmobiling, and at one time was a member of the Somers Snowmobile Club.

He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce (Cheney) Hanks, and leaves four stepchildren; his brother, Clinton A. Hanks, and his wife, Nancy, of Florida; eight grandchildren; and his godson, Darrin McIntyre. He was the beloved husband of the late Linda (Lee) Hanks who died on Oct. 29, 1999.

His funeral will be held on Friday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m. at the Somers Funeral Home, 354 Main St., Route 190, with burial to follow at New West Cemetery, Main Street, both in Somers.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 4 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be directed to Masonicare Home Health & Hospice, 111 Founders Plaza, Suite 200, East Hartford, CT 06108; or to Autism Society of Connecticut, P.O. Box 1404, Guilford, CT 06437.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Oct. 10 to Oct. 14, 2012