Larry Gordon Hanel, age 88 of Des Moines, died Wednesday, April 11, 2011, at Wesley Acres in Des Moines. A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 20, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1001 Pleasant Street in Des Moines. The family will greet friends following the service with a reception at the church. Burial will take place at Waveland Cemetery in Prairie City. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church in Des Moines and condolences may be left for the family at www.coburnfuneralhomes.com.
The son of Dwight and Gertrude (Kane) Hanel, Larry was born on February 23, 1924, in Prairie City. He grew up on a farm near Prairie City. He graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in engineering and was employed for over 35 years as a gas engineer with Iowa Power & Light Company. After he retired, he and his wife Bobbie (Barbara Helen Keipp) traveled frequently. They were enthusiastic members of the Friendship Force, hosting and visiting people from other countries. They also traveled widely in the U.S. and loved to attend jazz festivals. Larry was involved in the Engineers Club of Des Moines; Young at Heart, a group of Iowa Power retirees, and Color Film Club. Throughout his life, he was a faithful member of the Methodist Church, the last sixty years as a member of the First United Methodist Church in downtown Des Moines. Larry was a loving, responsible man with a generous and steadfast spirit.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Rosemary Stouffer; his wife Bobbie; a son-in-law, Allen Moe; and a granddaughter, Anami Hanel. He is survived by a daughter, Nancy Moe; his sons, Scott (Deborah Neighbor) and Steven (Julie Snodgrass) Hanel; grandchildren, Atman (Katherine Ofstie) & Alexander Hanel; Veronica Roberts; Sarah Hubbard; and Aaron and Nathan (Melissa Roering) Moe; and great grandchildren, Sampson & Porter Hanel, Justice & Jordan Thompson, Alexander Moe, and Brad & Zach Hubbard.
Such strong memories of a family within a family..Hanel, Foster, Bowlsby, Cumpston. We and our children will never forget those times. spent together in church and homes and picnics etc.
Apr 23, 2012Duane/Mary Cumpston
So sorry to hear that Larry has left us. He and Bobbie will live in our hearts. We have so many happy memories of our younger years in DesMoines with the Hanels as neighbors and members of the Pair-O-Troopers Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church, DesMoines. I remember Jim Foster and Duane Cumpston termite proofing their house and Sunday dinners after church. Love you: Nancy, Scott and Steve
Apr 19, 2012Lorrie Foster
The kids in our family spent many a day and night growing up with the Hanels. Their kids were like our family and they were like 2nd parents to us when we we young. Larry and Bobbie will be remembered as special people in our life as well as Nancy, Scott and Steve. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Apr 16, 2012Martha Foster
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Friday, Apr 20, 2012
First United Methodist Church 1001 Pleasant Street Des Moines, Iowa 50309
The family will greet friends following the service at the church.