Wendell “Delmer” Hanners, 85, of Jackson and formerly of Patton, Missouri, passed away Saturday, December 26, 2015, at Jackson Manor Nursing Home.

He was born April 8, 1930, in Patton, to Jeffie and Metta Montogomery Hanners.  He and Dorothy Sitzes were married May 14, 1948, in Bessville, Missouri.

Delmer was a graduate of the former Patton High School.     He was inducted into the U.S. Army on February 7, 1952, in St. Louis.  He served in the signal core and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and a Presidential Unit Citation.  He was honorably discharged as a Sargeant on January 8, 1954.

Delmer and Dorothy lived and farmed many years in Patton.  Delmer was a former member of Reagan’s Chapel near Patton and a member of the former Masonic Lodge in Marble Hill.  In 1993, they retired from farming and moved to Jackson and became members of New McKendree United Methodist Church.  Delmer was also a member of Altenthal-Joerns American Legion Post 158 in Jackson.

Delmer and Dorothy’s favorite pasttimes were traveling and camping.

Loving survivors include his wife of 67 years, Dorothy of Jackson; two daughters, Jeannie (Bill) Fadler of Jackson, Nell (the late Bill) Barrett of Godfrey, Illinois; two grandchildren, Brian Barrett of Godfrey, and Nicole Fadler of St. Louis.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, LaVerla Atwood; and a son-in-law, Bill Barrett.

Visitation will be Tuesday, December 29, 2015, from 4 to 8 PM, at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

The funeral will be Wednesday, December 30, 2015, at 10 AM, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jimmie Corbin officiating.

The committal service will be held Wednesday, at noon, at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, with full military honors.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society or the donor’s choice of church or charity.

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  1. Erin Heitman

    Dorothy, Jeannie, Nell & Family-I am so sorry to hear of Delmer’s passing. He was a great man and plays a role in many of my childhood memories. I always enjoyed seeing him when I could. He will be missed. Thinking of all of you during this time.

  2. Dorothy, Jeannie, Nell and Family,
    You have our sympathy and we will keep you in our prayers. We remember fondly the weekend we came with Nell and Bill to ride Motorcycles and spent the night in Delmer and Dorothy’s home.
    May you see God in the faces of friends, hear Him in their voices, feel Him in the touch of their hands…

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