Kenneth D. Hanna - Thomas Florian Swanson

Kenneth D. Hanna

Longtime Kingman resident Kenneth Dale “Ken” Hanna died quietly in his sleep of kidney failure in the early morning hours of July 11, 2006.

Ken was the oldest child of Harold Hillis Hanna and Frances Olive Carpenter Hanna born Aug. 29, 1929, in Marrietta, Ohio. The family moved west to Hayden, Ariz., in 1946 while Ken was stationed at Clark Field in the Philippines. Following his tour of duty in the Army Air Force, Ken joined his family who, by that time, had moved from Hayden to Ajo, finally settling in Kingman in 1950.

Ken met Lois Josephine Wilbanks in a bowling alley on Front Street (Route 66) and they were married by Kingman Justice of the Peace Edward E. Wishon in 1953. He was employed by Ford Motor Company and drove trucks between Phoenix and Las Vegas until the Arizona Ford Proving Ground opened in Yucca in 1954. Ken worked at the proving ground for a total of 42 years and took great pride in doing the work that he loved.

He was a 45-year member of the Kingman Elks Lodge, former chairman of the Mohave County Republican Central Committee and a former reserve officer with the Kingman Police Department.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Marilyn Sue Hanna Kinsey. He is survived by his wife, Lois; sisters, Judith Mae Hanna Browne of Spring, Texas, and Karen Eileen Hanna Gerleman of Tucson; daughters, Eve and Kimberly Hanna; son, Mike Hanna; daughter-in-law, Donna Hanna; eight grandchildren: Heather Appleby, Preston and Erin Clark, Cortney Kennedy, Jeanette Silva, Justin Powers, Blakelyn and Curtis Hanna; and six great-grandchildren: Drew, Colin, Jacob, Grace, Kalynn and Zoe.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 21, at the Golden Valley Baptist Church. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Kingman Regional Medical Center’s Hospice Program.

Thomas Florian Swanson was born Feb. 17, 1926, in Kansas City, Mo. He married Laura Grace Gross of Cameron, Mo., on Sept. 3, 1947, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church. He and his wife had seven children: Teresa Kay Swanson, deceased; Elaine J. Webber, Snoqualmie, Wash.; Thomas M. Swanson, Mexico; Eric E. Swanson, Richland, Wash.; Matthew G. Swanson, Santiago, Chile; Mark F. Swanson, Santiago; and Irene R. Wiley, Albuquerque, N.M.

After 52 years of marriage, his wife Laura passed away in September 1999.

He is survived by six children and Monica C. Frey, his life companion.

During World War II, he served in the Troop Carrier Command of the Army Air Force. He was honorably discharged after being seriously wounded in Amsterdam during the campaign for VE Day. In 1949, he graduated from Missouri State University at Warrensburg.

Swanson was in home building and real estate businesses. At retirement, he was vice president of the New Homes Division of Walker and Lee Real Estate Company. He was a member of the National Association of Home Builders, the Institute of Residential Marketing and the Sales and Marketing Council of the NAHB. During his retirement in Kingman, he started a company called Swanson Homes with his son, Tom. Together they built several homes in the local community.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He was a 4th Degree Sir Knight and Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Elks Lodge in Kingman and a member of the Disabled American Veterans.

The memorial service will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19. It will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 2255 East Butler Ave. Following the memorial service, there will be a dinner hosted by the Knights of Columbus. For more information regarding this event, please call (928) 718-0291.

In lieu of flowers, Tom requested that donations be sent to The KRMC Hospice at 3269 Stockton Hill Road, Kingman, AZ 86409.