John Allen HANNER Jr.

Age 93 Passed Away July 24, 2013 At the Croixdale assisted living facility in Bayport, MN. Long-time resident of Stillwater and Lake Elmo. Originally from No. St. Paul graduating from HS in 1938 and was an outstanding basketball and track athlete. Attended Macalester College for track. Married the love of his life Doris Brown, on May 13,1942. A member of the "Greatest Generation", he then entered the Army where he eventually deployed to Europe during the Battle of the Bulge and the occupation of Germany. After the war he finished college, graduating in 1947 from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Business Administration. He worked for Brown and Bigelow and the Garrett Candy Co. before settling at 3M, retiring in 1981 after 28 years of service. He was a man of few words and didn't talk much about himself or his many accomplishments. He was known as a happy, positive thinking, polite, and appreciative person, and maintained those qualities until the day he died. He was constantly active, including going to a health club three times a week until past his 90th birthday when age started to take its toll. As a young man he enjoyed riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles and photography, including darkroom work. After the war he earned a private pilot's license and flew for pleasure and as a member of the Civil Air Patrol for many years. A lifelong do-it-yourselfer, he maintained his own motorcycles, cars and farm equipment. He built his first house in N. St. Paul then finished the interior of the next house on Olson Lake in Lake Elmo doing the carpentry, electrical and plumbing and anything else except sheet rock. For lake life he built one boat finishing a raw plywood base with fiber glass and varnish, then another starting with just a fiber glass hull. He prepared for retirement with the purchase of a farm in Wisconsin. Early on he raised cattle and planted some crops, but continued what the previous owner had started; growing pine trees. Every year he would plant pine tree saplings on a portion of the land and painstakingly replant the ones that hadn't survived from previous years. He was constantly trimming and cutting trees and brush. Some of the trees were harvested commercially and he had his own saw mill to process the rest. He was a mechanical genius who could fix anything and kept his old cars running and repainted several of them. He and his CAP friends purchased an old airplane in need of repair and refurbished it. On the farm he kept the equipment working and the buildings standing using clever techniques of cutting, drilling and welding. He was preceded in death by his parents John, Sr. and Ruth (Chapman), older sister Carol Mahle and younger brother Alfred. He will be lovingly remembered by Doris, his wife of 71 years; their children: Steve (Jennifer) of Maplewood; Bob (Linda) of Georgetown, TX; and Nancy Aufderhaar of Somerset, WI. Grandchildren: Mark (Karin) Hanner of Phoenix, AZ and Carrie Hanner of Stillwater, their mother Judith Chirhart of Stillwater; Brian (René) Hanner of Bowie, AZ; Laura (Scott) Milton of Georgetown, TX; Brent Hanner of Georgetown, TX; Gretchen (Dave) Sindt of Somerset, WI; and Bruce Aufderhaar of Somerset, WI. He is also survived by three great-grandchildren, five nieces and two nephews. After cremation his final resting place will be at Fort Snelling with wife Doris. The family wishes to thank the staff at Croixdale as well as Eileen and the staff of Lakeview Hospice Services for their care during the final months of his life. Services and burial will be private. Memorials to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation are preferred.


Funeral Home

Simonet Funeral Home
6429 Osgood Avenue North Stillwater, MN 55082

Published in Pioneer Press on Aug. 11, 2013