Edwin Hanke

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2001

Edwin "Ed" Hanke died Tuesday, March 20, 2001, at his home in Lucerne, Calif. He was 77.

At Mr. Hanke's request, no memorial services were held. Mr. Hanke was cremated by Lake County Memorial Crematory in Lakeport, Calif. His ashes will be divided, and some will be buried in the National Cemetery in Eagle Point, Ore., and some will be scattered over the Baja California, Mexico, desert, where he and his family spent the last nine winters.

"Ed loved the desert and the beautiful Concepcion Bay," his family said.

Mr. Hanke was born May 27, 1923, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in May 1940 and was honorably discharged in October 1945 after serving in World War II. He served in the invasion of Italy, with the 10th Mountain Group, and during the Po Valley North Apennines campaign, where he received several decorations and citations.

Mr. Hanke moved to Alaska in 1958. An electrician, he was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 449 in Pocatello, Idaho, and Local 1547 in Anchorage. His last job was working for Rogers Electric, both on-shore on the Kenai Peninsula and on oil and gas platforms in Cook Inlet.

"He still had contact with many of his friends and coworkers in this area," his family said.

Mr. Hanke is survived by his wife of 42 years, Wanda, of Lucerne; stepson, Gary Fugit, of Allyn, Wash.; sister-in-law, Peggy Freel; nieces Lori Wik, of Nikiski, Kristine Porter of Kenai, Penny Baker and LaRaye Frantz of Oregon, and Norma Jean Hawes of Idaho; nephews Russell Peterson and Ed Harris of Oregon, and Lynn Harris of Idaho; grandson Jason Fugit of Idaho; and granddaughter Audra Fugit of Nevada.

Arrangements were made by Jones and Lewis Clear Lake Memorial Chapel.

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