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-John Hanft-

John “Jack” R. Hanft, 79, of Muscatine, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away on Sunday, May 18, 2008 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Per his request, his body has been cremated. Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 3:00 P.M. at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services. Pastor Paul Ostrem will officiate the services. Following the services a time of food and fellowship will be held at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Community Room. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Stewardship work in the lower Cedar Valley, an area where Jack had made many fond memories. Please send to The Nature Conservancy in Iowa, 303 Locust Street, Suite 402, Des Moines, Iowa 50309. Sympathy notes may be left for the Hanft family at www.lewisfuneralhomes.com.

John Roger Hanft was born on December 23, 1928 in Columbus Junction, the son of Hale Hardy and Gertrude (Greene) Hanft. He graduated form Nichols High School and then proudly served in the United States Air Force from March 1, 1949 – November 1, 1952 during the Korean Conflict. Jack served as a Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop No.116. He was also a member of the American Legion No. 27 and Masonic Lodge No. 535 of Lone Tree. On May 23, 1954, Jack was united in marriage to Dorothy Mae Beckman in Muscatine. He spent his early years as a farmer and later went into the construction business working for Brossert and Lucas and Hinman Construction. Jack retired from H.J. Heinz Company in 1991. Jack was an avid hunter and fisherman who appreciated and enjoyed the outdoors. He took great pleasure in spending time with his children and grandchildren, teaching them to appreciate nature. Jack was often seen tending his large garden and whittling away in his workshop, where he crafted timeless pieces of furniture for family and friends. He enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Jack was always up for a game of cribbage and spades. He enjoyed reading and working with numbers. Jack also enjoyed the company of his numerous friends.

Those left to honor Jack’s memory are his wife, Dorothy of Muscatine; his children, Sandra K. Riggs and husband, Tom of Virginia, Jeffrey J. Hanft and his wife, Diane, of Michigan and Donald D. Hanft of Columbus Junction; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; and two sisters, Kathleen (Williard) Salemink of West Branch and Barbara Jo (Vic) Mills of Nichols.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters Mary Jane Kirkpatrick and Pauline Davies; and two brothers, Max Hanft and Richard “Dick” Hanft

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