John E. Hancock, 87, of Altoona, Wisconsin, and formerly of Hannibal, Mo., died at 4:10 a.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at in Altoona, WI.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 22, 2014, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in West Ely, Mo. Pastor Kenneth Schamber will officiate. Burial with Full Military Honors by Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post #55 will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Hannibal.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, February 21, 2014, at the James O’Donnell Funeral Home.
Mr. Hancock was born March 30, 1926, in St. Joseph, Missouri to John E. and Ida Hancock.
He was first married to Marion Joswick in Chicago, Illinois on August 13, 1949. She preceded him in death on December 19, 1994.
He later married Beatrice Butler in Kankakee, Ill., in February of 2001. They resided in Altoona, Wis., and for ten years they wintered in Port Richey, Fla.
Survivors include his wife, Beatrice; 5 children, Susan (Hancock) Petschke, Michael Hancock (Carol), Donald Hancock (Elaine), John Hancock (Becky) and William Hancock (Malinda); 1 sister, Helen (Jean) Nordin; 12 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Mr. Hancock is also survived by 3 step children, John Butler (Jean), Richard Butler (Shirley) and Judy Davenport; and many step grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 1 sister, Mary Lou Hancock; and 1 brother, William Hancock.
Mr. Hancock graduated from St. Joseph High School. After graduating, he entered the United States Navy. He served on the U.S.S. Phoenix in the South Pacific during World War II. Upon his honorable discharge he worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad in the Chicago, Illinois area, He married Marion Joswick in 1949. They moved to Hannibal, Mo., in 1968, and remained there until his retirement. John was very active in the V.F.W. and American Legion, serving as commander of both. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. John volunteered as a bus driver for OATS, transporting developmentally challenged children. He worked for 47 years on the railroad to ensure that all his children would receive a college education and to make a comfortable home for his family.
Online condolences may be made at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com
John E. Hancock
Feb 19, 2014 at 6:05 PM