In memory of

Betty Hanke

July 9, 1940 - July 29, 2019
From: Topeka, KS | Originally: Sac City, IA
Betty Hanke

Betty Hanke

Born: July 9, 1940
Died: July 29, 2019
Age: 79
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   Betty Eva (Hutchinson) Hanke, age 79, of Topeka, KS, formerly of Sac City, IA,  passed away on Monday, July 29, 2019, at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka.  Betty was born on July 9, 1940, along with her brothers William “Billy” and Robert “Bob”, (triplets), born to Joe and Eva (Cheney) Hutchinson in Sac City. She was one of 14 children to Joe and Eva.

   Betty married Neal Hanke on December 29, 1955, in Sac City. Betty and Neal lived around the country following Neal’s career including Alaska and Colorado. Eventually they moved back to Iowa to be near both of their families. Together they raised their two sons, Ron and Tim.

   Betty worked outside the home at JC Penney, the Veterans Administration and for years she ran the Base Exchange store on the Air National Guard base in Topeka. Many have fond memories of Betty always having a smile and making everyone feel special by ensuring that she had their favorite snacks stocked. At the base she was the ‘Family Program’ person long before it became a paid position. She was heavily involved in the volunteer work with family support group where she coordinated Easter egg hunts, Christmas dances and ran Operation Kids Camp (which Benjamin enjoyed immensely). She played softball with the guard, was a Cub Scout den mother and enjoyed organizing the family picnics for the very large extended family in and around Sac City.

   Many remember that it didn’t matter what point you were in your life making good or bad decisions, Betty always took the time to be nice to you. She cared for many in ways they will never fully understand.

   Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Neal, of Topeka, KS, and Early, IA; sons: Ron (Penny) Hanke of Washington and Tim (Beth) Hanke of Topeka; three grandchildren: Stephanie (Robert), Benjamin (Amber), and Sheri (Neil); five great-grandchildren: Summer, Allyson, William, Elliott and River; sister: Donnita Hicks of Sac City; sisters-in-law: Charolette Hutchinson of Sac City, Lois Hale of Dakota City, IA, and Donna Hutchinson, formerly of Wentzville, MO; many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.  

   Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings: Everett (Betty) Hutchinson, Eugene Hutchinson, Adah (Lawrence) Bauer, Norma (Arnold) Ripley, Virgil Hutchinson, Maurine (Willis) Stanford, Robert “Bob” Hutchinson, Charlotte (Tom) Moore, Dickie Hutchinson; brother-in-law Everett Hicks; infant brothers: Paul, William “Billy”, and Keith; and great-granddaughter Samantha Graham.


2:00 p.m., Saturday
August 3, 2019
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Pastor Charles Bettin
6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday
August 2, 2019
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Oakland Cemetery
Sac City, Iowa


Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 9:55 PM
“Neil andTim Ruth and I are very sad for your loss we’ll pray for her. And we’ll be thinking about the good times.”
- Is & Ruth Feliciano
Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 9:55 PM
“I remember Betty from the 190th ARW. I am sorry for your loss. May the Lord fill you with his comforting spirit in this time of grief. God bless you and keep you hopeful.”
- Margaret Wescott
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 10:41 AM
“Condolences to Neal and the family. Betty was always that smile that never grew old. She and Neal were true volunteers at the 190th back in my days. So sorry for your loss!!”
- Bob Webb
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 10:41 AM
“Betty was a wonderful lady whose smile could make a bad day forgotten. The Hanke family served the Air National Guard in many ways. I have many fond memories of working with them. My thoughts and prayers to Neal, Tim & Family.”
- Jim Dunne
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 9:45 AM
“To Neal, Tim and family, Just learned of Betty’s passing. Juanita and I send our love, prayers and condolences. She was a grand lady. ”
- Roger Wilson
Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 11:21 AM
“We send our thoughts and prayers your way with the loss of Betty. Remember your family from years ago when we were in Iowa. ”
- Larry & Sue (Lange) Menke
Friday, August 2, 2019 at 2:34 PM
“From Lois and Dale Bunting
We send our condolences to you and the family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. We have fond memories and know she will be missed. ”
- Darla McNamara
Friday, August 2, 2019 at 2:34 PM
“Sending our deepest sympathies.
So sorry to hear of the loss of grandma.I will miss her so much.I always enjoyed getting her cards and letters telling me of the latest news.I was so hoping we would get to see you all again.I'm sorry we were never able to make that happen.
.I have fond memories of the time we spent together in Missouri.
I cherish the time that I had her as my grandma.I wish we could be there in person.
Sending the rest of the family and grandpa especially much love.
So sorry for your loss.
Love Linn, Gilbert & kids
- Linn Marrero
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 10:25 AM
“There are no words that can express our heartfelt condolences to Uncle Neale, Ron, Tim and Families. Rylee always enjoyed her time visiting with Summer, so many fun stories that Aunt Betty would share. She will always be cherished in our hearts! Sending you all much love and prayers.”
- Suzi, Vic & Rylee (Hutchinson) Lockwood
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