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B.J. Jerome "Jerry" Hank Jr.

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July 23, 1929 - June 27, 2013
MOLINE, IL - Bernard J. "Jerry" Hank, Jr., age 83, of Moline, Illinois, retired Chairman of the Board and CEO of Montgomery Elevator Company died suddenly due to complications from a fall on Thurs., June 27, 2013. There will be no visitation with a private/family Mass of Christian Burial and graveside services at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana. Burial will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery on Notre Dame Campus. Mr. Hank will be buried alongside his son, Jim, who died of Lou Gehrig's disease in 1994 at age 35. Mr. Hank was born in 1929 to Bernard J. Hank, Sr. and Viola Dobbertin Hank in Chicago, Illinois. In 1953, he married Joyce McMahon, a 1952 graduate of St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, at St. Barnabas Church, Chicago, Illinois. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in January 2013. Mr. Hank moved to Moline in 1958, where he began his lifetime business career leading the Montgomery Elevator Company and its subsidiaries. Montgomery was the only North American privately-owned manufacturer of elevators and escalators in the United States until 1994, when Mr. Hank, its controlling shareholder, led its sale to the Kone Elevator Company, the third largest worldwide elevator company, headquartered in Finland. He assumed the Presidency of Montgomery Elevator Company in 1964, and became Chairman of the Board and CEO in 1968. He also was the President of Conlon Moore Corporation of Chicago, a holding company, until acquired by Montgomery in 1985. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame Class of 1951, Mr. Hank remained heavily involved in, and supportive of, his University (which he loved until his death.) He first served as a member of the Engineering Council beginning in 1971, and was active much earlier in numerous committee memberships and alumni activities. He became a Trustee in 1984, and later a member of the Executive Committee and the University Board of Fellows. His oldest daughter graduated from St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and his other four children are Notre Dame graduates. Numerous grandchildren are graduates and current students of the University. Much of Mr. Hank's religious, social and recreational life revolved around his, his wife Joyce's, his children's and grandchildren's relationship with the University's leadership, beginning with Fr. Ted Hesburgh. He served for many years as a Trustee of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, and formerly served on the board of civic and charitable organizations in the Quad Cities and elsewhere. He is a former director of Thyssen Aufzuge BmbH of Germany, Chicago Rivet and Machine Co. of Chicago, and a number of other corporations and banks. He was active in the elevator industry and its associations, serving as a director and officer of the National Elevator Industry, Inc., and National Association of Elevator Contractors. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church of Moline. He served as an officer on two ships in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1954. He was a member of Short Hills Country Club and The Club Pelican Bay in Naples, Florida. Mr. Hank is survived by his widow; their four daughters, Ms. Kathryn Hank of Leland, Michigan, Mrs. Carol Hank (Dr. William) Hoffmann of Minnetonka, Minnesota, Dr. Ann Marie Hank (Dr. Daniel) Monahan of Woodland, Minnesota, and Mrs. Margaret Hank (Dr. Edward) Requet of Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren, Adam Collett of Lake Leelanau, Michigan, Mary Katherine Collett of Royal Oaks, Michigan; Thomas Hoffmann of Chicago, Illinois, Michael (Alexandra Kelly) Hoffmann of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Emily Hoffmann of Minnetonka, Minnesota; Elizabeth Monahan, Brian Monahan, and Kevin Monahan of Woodland, Minnesota; Matthew Requet, Eric Requet, and Claire Requet of Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Their only son, James B. "Jim" Hank of Moline died in September 1994 and is buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery on the campus of Notre Dame University. Memorials may be made to the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556, Attention: Lou Nanni, Vice President of University Relations. Kaniewski Funeral Home, South Bend, IN is handling arrangements. Please visit to send condolences.
Published in South Bend Tribune on June 30, 2013
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