John Frederick HANKE

John Frederick HANKE

In the early morning hours of Monday, December 16, 2013, JOHN FREDERICK HANKE passed away at the F. W. Green Memorial Home in Cranbrook at the age of 91 years. John was born on July 9, 1922 in Moose Lake, Saskatchewan to Joseph and Blondina Hanke.

John was an avid outdoorsman – he loved to hunt and fish. His most cherished and proudest memories was grizzly bear hunting with his son Rob. One of his favourite spots was the Sitting Bull near Canal Flats. John loved life and always lived his to the fullest. He was always very social and enjoyed entertaining people with good food and good times. He loved to dance and enjoy music you could tap your toes to. John loved to travel and took great pleasure in the trips he took whether it be a cruise to Alaska or a trek down to Texas. He was a true cowboy at heart.

John was a great dad and will be sadly missed by his son; Robert (Tracy) Hanke and one granddaughter, Katlin Hanke. Also left behind are one brother and one sister; Dennis Hanke and Annie Popoff. John leaves many nieces and nephews and one very special nephew, Edward Arnold and his wife Marg. John will also be sadly missed by his special friend and companion, Evylyn Weilchel . We will all miss John’s jokes, good sense of humour and his big heart.

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