Obituary: Lynn E. Hanks
Lynn E. Hanks, age 88, formerly of Darien, died on Monday, June 2, at his residence in Meadville, Pa. surrounded by his wife and family.
He was born Jan. 13, 1926 in Meadville, the son of the late Simeon G. and Rena A. Patterson Hanks at their home on Liberty Street. He attended the Meadville public schools and the Meadville Vocational School in the daytime and worked at Palmers Bros. Drop Forge Company in the tool and die room in the evenings. After serving a short period in the U.S. Navy, he worked for F W Woolworth Co as a store manager throughout the New England states starting in Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Vermont and a stretch in Florida. After leaving the store business in Vermont, he returned to Darien, and re-entered the tool making trade at the Electric Indicator Co, where he retired in l992 after 37 years as chief elecro-mech designer in the engineering department, running the engineering department in the absence of the chief engineer.
He met his wife Shirley Jean Scribner in Stamford, and married on June 17, 1950 in Darien. They lived in various New England towns and raised a family of five children in Darien. After celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in 2000 with a gala party, they moved to Meadville.
They had four daughters, two sons, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; Twin daughters, Sharon L. and Karen L. were born early and Karen died on the third day of her life. Sharon L. Hanks Bixler and her husband R. Allan Bixler, of Darien were married and are the parents of grandson, Cory A. Bixler. Another daughter, Carole L. Hanks Ponichtera, had three daughters, Verity L. Ponichtera, mother of the great-granddaughter, Zowie K. Ponichtera; second Jesse Ponichtera Duran, wife of Matt Duran, parents to great-grandson, Benjamin Duran and Rebecca J. Ponichtera of Arizona. Another daughter, Marjorie R. (Marjorie) Hanks lives in Los Alamito, Calif. He is also survived by two sons, John W. Hanks of Stamford and William F. Hanks of Arizona. He is further survived by a sister, Carol Hanks Curry and her husband, Richard of Meadville.
In addition to his parents, and his daughter, Karen L. Hanks, Lynn was preceded in death by four brothers, Richard Hanks, Edward Hanks, Fred Hanks, Frank Hanks, and by a sister, Arlene Wickwire.
Mr. Hanks was active in the Noroton Heights Fire Department, serving as both a line officer and president, as chairman of the early fire marshal office of Darien, the Republican political party of Darien, an elected representative of the town committee, a member of the Lion's Club, and the Boy Scouts of Darien. He enjoyed salt water fishing and gardening, and enjoyed traveling on behalf of the company he worked for. He was active in both the United Methodist Church of Darien and the Grace United Methodist Church in Meadville. Mr. Hanks was also a member and past worshipful master of Ivanhoe Masonic Lodge 107 of Darien and a member of Lodge #408, Meadville.
He later traced the Hanks and the Scribner family genealogy via museums, historical societies, old churches and colonial cemeteries. He and his wife struck a deal; if he would learn to dance, she would learn to play cards. They would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary this year.
A memorial service in Darien is being planned later on in the summer. The family can be contacted c/o The Hanks Family, PO Box 2443, Darien CT 06820-2443.