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R. Richard ‘Dick’ Hancock

Published: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 12:39 p.m. CDT

R. Richard “Dick” Hancock, 92, of Newton died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at Newton Healthcare Center in Newton.

A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church in Newton. The family will greet friends from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until the time of the service. Memorials to the First Christian Church may be left at the church on the day of the service, or at the Wallace Family Funeral Home in Newton.

Dick, the son of Rufus E. “Elroy” and Merna E. (Myers) Hancock, was born April 28, 1921, in Belknap. He grew up in Bloomfield and graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1939. He was a World War II Veteran, serving his country in the U.S. Army from 1942-1946. Upon his discharge from the Army, Dick moved to Newton. He was united in marriage with Loretta P. Masters on Dec. 15, 1946 in Newton.

Dick worked as an auto body man for Getz and Lauterbach Buick for 30 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of the First Christian Church. He enjoyed woodworking, playing video solitaire, going for walks and bike rides, and golfing. Dick also enjoyed telling jokes and stories to his friends and family.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Loretta in 2001; two sons, Tony in 1998 and Eddy in 1961; two brothers, Roy and Ray Hancock; and two sisters, Loraine Law and Delores Martin.

Those left to honor Dick’s memory include his grandson, Kenneth (Hsi-Pin) Hancock of Milton, Mass.; granddaughter, Kimberly (Derick) Cranston of Kalona; three great-grandchildren, Anthony and Sarah Hancock of Milton, Mass., and Angel Cranston of Kalona; his daughter-in-law, Patricia (Ronald) McHenry of Aurora, Colo.; and many nieces and nephews.

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