Raymond Lee “Ray” Hanken passed away Jan. 18, 2017 at Hays Medical Center in Hays.
He was born June 21, 1943 in Great Bend to Frederick and Alice (Horst) Hanken.
Ray married Patricia J. Freeburg July 27, 1963 at Peace Lutheran Church in rural Albert.
From 1963 to 1980, Ray was a project manager for Allied-Shaffer and H.C. Smith Construction. He served as an electrical superintendent on the Titan II and MX Peace Keeper Missiles. During that time, Ray and Pat had lived in Warrensburg, Missouri, Cheyenne, Wyoming; Grand Forks, North Dakota; Rapid City, South Dakota; Great Falls, Montana; Salt Lake City, Utah; Burney, California; and Sedalia, Missouri.
Ray had been a Hoisington resident since 1980, retiring and moving to Holyrood in 2009. Ray also served as a branch manager for the Ellsworth COOP and the Great Bend COOP in Boyd. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, rural Albert, and was a longtime farmer and stockman.
Survivors include wife Patricia J. Hanken, of the home; one son, Terry Allen Hanken and wife Jeni of McPherson; one daughter, Tonya Lea Chadwell and husband Troy of Flower Mound, Texas; one sister, Rosalia Ann Schober Schick, Wichita; son-in-law Steve Ritter, Hoisington; six grandchildren: Sarah Ritter-Smith, Shelly Ritter-Brown, Cole Hanken, Trey Hanken, Drew Hanken, and Taye Chadwell.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sonja Dee Ritter.
A funeral service will ne held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church in rural Albert with the Rev. Shelly Klingensmith and Rhonda Templing, P.M.A. officiating. A vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home. Interment will be at Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Albert.
A visitation will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 21, all at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home
Memorials may be sent to Peace Lutheran Church in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, 415 N. Main St., Hoisington.
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