Ted Hanks, 88, passed away September 28, 2022, in Olympia, Washington. He was born August 23, 1934, to Uma Lauderdale Hanks and Joshua Lee Hanks in Prosser, Washington.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Larson AFB, Moses Lake, Washington; Charleston AFB, South Carolina; Elmendorf AFB, Alaska; Hurlburt Field, Florida; RAF Bentwaters, England; Lindsey Air Station, Wiesbaden, Germany; and Dyess AFB, Texas. After active duty, he worked in a civilian capacity as base traffic manager at Fairchild AFB, Spokane, Washington, and at the Fairchild AFB Hospital. He retired from the service in Spokane and resided there for 49 years.
Ted married Wren Summerford on March 14, 1959, in South Carolina. He loved fishing, hunting and traveling. His most memorable travels took him to Alaska during the 1964 earthquake; Spokane during the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens; and Florida, where he survived several hurricanes.
Ted is survived by his loving wife, Wren Hanks; daughters, Donna Combs of Oklahoma, and Patricia McLendon of Olympia; stepson, Thomas Burns of Valdosta, Georgia; five grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by sons, Robert G. Hanks and Kelly L. Hanks; parents; brothers, Paul Hanks, Max Hanks, Fred Hanks, and Eugene Hanks; and sister, June Bolton.
Services will be held at a later date in Spokane.
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