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David Hanna

Thursday, February 4, 2021
David Hanna

David Hanna

David (AKA Renny to the Cozad citizens) Hanna passed away in Saline, Michigan, on January 25th, 2021. He was born to Eldred and Lorane Hanna on December 29th, 1932, in Trinidad, Colorado.

The family moved to Cozad when Dave was a 2nd grader in 1940 as his parents bought and managed the W.J.O’Connor’s Store. He graduated with the Cozad High School class of 1950. After high school he spent one year at Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri, before transferring to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln where he graduated in 1954 with a business administration degree.

After college he joined the air force as an officer and was stationed at Lowry Air Force base in Denver.

It was in Denver where he met his future wife, Jane, on a group picnic/horseback ride in the Rocky Mountains. They were married in March of 1957. Dave joined the New York Life Insurance Company in Denver and, as an executive with the company, moved to Milwaukee, Seattle, Boston, Detroit, and Cleveland, before retiring after a 32 year career. He and Jane moved to Saline, Michigan in 2019 to be near their daughter and her family. He and Jane shared almost 63 years together before her passing in February of 2020.

Dave loved to travel, taking memorable trips with the family and friends to places such as California, Alaska, Yellowstone National Park, England, Germany, Italy, and Australia. He had a life-long love of Nebraska Cornhusker football, and loved watching all college football, PGA golf, and baseball. He loved reading detective/spy thrillers and histories and playing bridge. His great joy was spending time with his family, and especially watching his grandchildren and nephew, Ryan, play sports.

Dave is survived by his daughter Lori (Mitch) Hall (Ann Arbor, MI; ) grandchildren Kelly (fiancee Savannah DeMill) Hall (Atlanta, GA), Kevin Hall (Denver, CO), and Kyle Hall (East Lansing, MI); sister Connie (Gerard) Gengenbach of Cozad and brother-in-law John (Barbara) Counts, (Santa Fe, NM) as well as nieces/nephew: Lisa Patterson (Jonny Bresnahan) Big Bear Lake, CA; Lyn Patterson, San Diego, CA; Ryan (Afsoon) Turner, Hillsborough, CA; Joy (Courtney) Counts, Morgantown, WV, Lauri (Todd) Garretson, Marietta, GA; Stephanie (Scott) Strauss, Highlands Ranch, CO and wonderful great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 2020, his son, Steven, his parents, sister Sharon, and sister-in-law Judy.

Dave will be buried with Jane in Lakewood Park Cemetery near Westlake, OH, next to his son, Steve. A celebration of life will held in the future.