Vern Norman Hanna
February 25, 1919 - April 2, 2011

Vern Norman Hanna

Vern Norman Hanna
Feb 25, 1919 - Apr 2, 2011

Vern Norman Hanna
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Vern Norman Hanna, age 92 of Colfax, died Saturday, April 2, 2011, at Skiff Medical Center - Monarch Wing in Newton. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with burial following at Colfax Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the church. There will be a Rosary recited at 5:30 p.m. and a Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m. both at the church. The family will greet friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Colfax Senior Citizen Center and condolences may be left for the family at

The son of James E. and Eva (Pieart) Hanna, Vern was born on February 25, 1919, in Colfax, Iowa. He graduated from Colfax High School in 1937. Vern served in the United States Navy during WWII. On May 28, 1944, he was united in marriage to Mary Ruth Hartnett at the Howard Street Christian Church. Vern took classes at night at Drake University and was three credits shy of receiving his degree. He worked as a payroll clerk at Maytag for 37 years, retiring in 1986. Vern was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially mushroom hunting and bird watching.

Those left to honor his memory include his three children, Barbara and Mike Hanna of Colfax, and George Patrick Hanna of Louisiana; three grandchildren, Jason, Elizabeth, and James and two great grandchildren, Ashley and Samantha. Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife in 2003, and four brothers, George, Mark, Roy, and Frank and four sisters, Caroline, Esther, Kathryn, and Mary.


Scott Hildebrand on Apr 7, 2011

Barb..I'm sorry to hear of vern's passing.He always had something funny to say at work.He will be missed by all that knew him.I hope you and your family is doing well.

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Bob Conley on Apr 6, 2011

To the best Great Uncle a guy could ask for:
I will miss our conversations. You always made me feel important.

To Barb, Mike, Jason, and Liz: I miss you and am thinking of you all.

Bob, Natalie, and Makenzie Conley

on Apr 5, 2011

Coburn Funeral Homes on Apr 5, 2011

Newton Animal Clinic on Apr 5, 2011

We are so sorry to hear Vern has passed away. It is not right to say we had favorites, but Vern and Mary Ruth were truly some of our favorites. They were always so kind and fun when they were here at the Clinic with the cats. They were always such devoted "pet parents". The cats that made their way to the Hanna household were very lucky and much loved. Our sympathy to all the Hanna family.

Margie Hendrickson on Apr 5, 2011

CandleWhat a great loss of such a fine man. I will surely miss Vern's friendly smiles and greetings. My sincere thoughts and prayers go out to Barb, Mike and the entire Hanna family.

Tina Conrad on Apr 5, 2011

To The Hanna Family:
Very sorry to hear about Vern. Vern will be missed by many people. It is hard to loss someone so very special in your lives. Grandparent's are the hardest, they have a unique spot, in our hearts. Remembering those special times does help in this dark time. So very sorry for your loss. . Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

Beth Biedenfeld on Apr 5, 2011

Our sincere sympathies go out to the whole family. We'll miss seeing him around town.

Melissa(Missy) Smith Edwards on Apr 5, 2011

CandleVern and Mary Ruth were my God Parents. I have so many childhood memories of them. I remember all the pretty dresses Mary Ruth would make for me. I wish I still had them. They were 2 very wonderful, kind people that I am blessed to have known in my lifetime.

Rest in peace Vern. You can be with Mary Ruth again.

To Mike, Barbara & George: I am sorry for your loss and I know your Father's passing is a loss as my Father's was a few years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

God Bless

Julia Kern on Apr 4, 2011

Vern always stopped in to see me at the Main Street office. I will miss his cute little jokes.

Connie Bos on Apr 4, 2011

Barb and Mike thoughts and prayers for you at this difficult time.

Pam & Jerry Ingraham on Apr 4, 2011

We are going to miss seeing you down at Poppy's. It was always a joy seeing you and Mike together.
Pam & Jerry Ingraham



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Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The family will greet friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. There will be a Rosary recited at 5:30 and a vigil service at 7:30 p.m.


Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
10:30 PM

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