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01 December 2012

In Memory of Lawrence Thomas Hanlon

Lawrence Thomas Hanlon, 86, died of cancer the 30th of November, 2012 at the Perry Heath Care Center, Perry, Dallas County, Iowa,  after an extended illness.   Burial will be in Violet Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Hanlon was born on January 1st, 1926 in Waukee, Iowa to Mark Hanlon and Mary Ellen Andrews.  He was married to Killeen Ann Diddy October 10th, 1969.  

Lawrence was a self employed heavy equipment operator for over 50 years, and very much enjoyed his work. Only recently had he parted with his favorite Catepillar tractor which dug many ditches and graves throughout Dallas County.  Lawrence answered the call to serve his country during World War II with the U. S. Army in the Philipines & Guam where he received a Bronze Star for his service during the Battle of Mindanao.

Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Killeen (1997), his brothers Francis (2003), Bernard (1986), Jerome (2003), and David, who died in infancy.

Left to mourn are his 3 children:  Elizabeth (Aaron) Rife of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Kathleen and Laura Hanlon both of Des Moines, a brother, Dr. Donald (Dorene) Hanlon of Adel, Iowa, a sister, Mary Ellen (Roger) Putman of Dallas Texas, and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins,his life long friend Robert Wasson and many other friends as well as his constant companion, his dog Avey.