Obituary for Norman Hanko

Norman J. Hanko, 78, of Wakeman, passed away on July 18, 2017 at the University of Toledo Medical Center following a brief illness. He was born on June 24, 1939 in Lorain, OH, to the late Louis and Anna (Balint) Hanko Sr., and has lived in the Wakeman area since 1955. He was a 1957 graduate of Wakeman High School. He went on to graduate from The Ohio State University in 1962 with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. Norm also served in the National Guard. In 1965 he married Kathleen Lynch. He w ...
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Norman J. Hanko, 78, of Wakeman, passed away on July 18, 2017 at the University of Toledo Medical Center following a brief illness. He was born on June 24, 1939 in Lorain, OH, to the late Louis and Anna (Balint) Hanko Sr., and has lived in the Wakeman area since 1955. He was a 1957 graduate of Wakeman High School. He went on to graduate from The Ohio State University in 1962 with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. Norm also served in the National Guard. In 1965 he married Kathleen Lynch. He was a lifelong farmer and was well known in the area as a Certified Crop Advisor. He was a member of the Farm Bureau and was the Young Farmer of the Year in 1970, and an avid conservationist. He was an active member of St. Mary's Church in Wakeman, served as Eucharistic Minister, and played a pivotal role in the remodeling of the church. He is survived by his wife Kathleen, three sons, Robert (Susan) Hanko, Michael (Cheryl) Hanko, and William (Jocelyn) Hanko, all of Wakeman, six grandchildren, Erica, Jody, Claire, Blake, Mallory, and Meredith Hanko, sister Anita (Norm) Guiher, of Wakeman, a brother Gerald (Jan) Hanko, of New London, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Louis Hanko Jr. Friends may call on Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 at the St. Mary's Church Social Hall on Main Street in Wakeman. A Mass will be held on Monday at 10:30 am at St. Mary's Church. Private burial will take place at a later date. Online condolences may be left at mormanfuneralhome.com. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Marys Church or the Wakeman Library.
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Recent Condolence Notes

Tuesday, 8/1/2017
Mrs Hanko , Bob, Mike and Bill sorry for your loss was out of town last week your husband and father was a Pillar to the community. R.I.P Mr. Hanko Russ Logan
- Russell Logan

Thursday, 7/27/2017
Dear Kathleen & Family, of course today is Kathleen's Birthday & I was trying like mad to find your number or email . . .
I am so very sorry to learn of Norm's passing. I only net him a couple of times and was in awe of him being such a fantastic farmer - as well as such a loving husband and father to your boys.
God Bless you, Norm - and may you Rest In Peace.
Love, xBarbara Toner
- Barbara Toner

Tuesday, 7/25/2017
Kathy and family...I was so saddened by the news of Norman passing. Such a shock. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Norm will be greatly missed by those whom lives he touched.

Sonya Beach
- Sonya Beach

Monday, 7/24/2017
Mr. and Mrs. Hanko are two of the most caring and dear people I have had the pleasure of knowing. They provided me with a sense of home and belonging when I found myself a long way from home and alone and continued this true American Farmer hospitality when I met my wife Kim and had out daughter Zoe. Norm was a true father figure to me, and I often described him as a renaissance man. He was true to the roots of farming, but had a forward thinking vision and insatiable interest in learning. If there were a picture in a dictionary that showed the epitome of a father, farmer, husband, grandfather and man, it would be of Norm. Your example of how to be a decent human will always be mirrored in my life, albeit never to the level you showed me. With eternal friendship and respect,

Erik Stier
- Erik Stier

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Our farming community will miss Norm and, especially, his wonderful, dry wit!
- Pete & Susan Hazel

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