Gilbert Arthur Hannes
Mr. Hannes was born December 7, 1918 in Dime Box to parents William and Gertrude Hahn Hannes. He worked for Works Projects Administration doing public works projects. He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army as a Technician Fourth Grade. He was in many battles and campaigns such as Algeria, French- Morocco, Tunisia, Naples, Rome, Southern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was a hard worker all his life doing farming and ranching for himself, then later working at Kellar Ladder and Chair Company. That is where he met the love of his life Laura Engelmann. This union lasted for 34 years until Laura’s recent passing.
Gilbert had many hobbies like playing basketball and volleyball. He was a very loving man by nature. He loved his lord and savior, he loved being a husband and father and the bond he shared with his mother. Yet Gilbert was not perfect; he did have a weakness for cinnamon rolls and donuts.
Mr. Hannes was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, Laura E. Hannes; 4 brothers: Alvin, James, Alfred, and an infant brother, and a niece Gloria Conklin.
Gilbert is survived by a son, Roy Engelmann and wife Rhonda; a daughter Cynthia Kazmir and husband Leroy, all of Caldwell; by 5 grandchildren: Lori Kazmir, Chris Gutierrez, Jason Engelmann, Tanya Fitzgerald, and Lukas Kazmir; by 7 greatgrandchildren: Colton, Hunter, Ryan, Trinity, Raegan, Lyssa and Taylor; a sister- in- law Doris Hannes of Houston; nephews Rodney Hannes, Barry Hannes, both of Houston, Alvin Hannes Jr. & wife Susan, Jimmy Hannes, Milton Hannes, and Harold Hannes, all of Dime Box; nieces Darla Riggins and husband Terence of Colorado, Deborah Bray and husband Jerry of Bay St. Louis, MS, Pat Kelly and husband Brian of Centerville, IA.
Gilbert Hannes 93, of Lexington, passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 18, 2012 in Dime Box.
Services were held Friday, January 20, 2012 at 4:00pm at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Dime Box, with Pastor Ed Truelson officiating. Interment followed in the St. Johns Lutheran Cemetery in Dime Box.
Serving as pallbearers were Jason Engelmann, Lukas Kazmir, Chris Gutierrez, Rodney Hannes, Matthew Hannes, and Michael Hannes.
Military honors were under the auspices of VFW Post 4458. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to St. Johns Lutheran Church Bldg fund or charity of your choice.