1930 - 2013
Duane Darrell Hanan of Milton-Freewater passed away Jan. 3, 2013, at his home at the age of 82 years.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home Chapel, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, with Pastor Quinton Kimbrow officiating. Those who wish may make memorial contributions in memory of Duane Darrell Hanan to the Shriners Hospital for Children or the Wesley United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.
Duane Darrell Hanan was born to Robert and Carmen (Miller) Hanan in Wenatchee on July 22, 1930. He was raised in the Entiat Valley on his parents’ orchard. He attended school in Entiat and graduated from Entiat High School in 1948. Darrell earned his associate degree from Wenatchee Valley Junior College. In 1949, Darrell and Jeanne Conley were married in Chelan, Wash., soon after he began his career in horticulture at Auvil Fruit Company in Orondo, Wash. It was there they started their family, including a girl (Janet) and two boys (Jerry and Bob). While there, Darrell volunteered as a Scout master for the Boy Scouts.
In 1962 Darrell and his family moved to Roosevelt, Wash., where he invested as a partner in Sundale Orchards and accepted the role of general manager. While in Roosevelt, Darrell was an active volunteer firefighter, E.M.T., and served on the local school boards. He was a member of the Grange, The Masonic Lodge, The Order of Eastern Star, and the Shriners. In the mid-1980s he invested in his own orchard in Arlington, Ore., where he and his wife moved to in 1994. Soon after, the couple moved to Milton-Freewater, where Darrell accepted the position of field man for Blue Mountain Growers. Darrell again established himself as an active member of the community; he was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church and continued his work with area service organizations. He was a past president of the Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Blue Mountain Horticulture Society. After his retirement, Darrell assisted Sam LeFore with his orchard operation and also worked for Umatilla County as a pest control officer, specializing in back yard trees.
Darrell is survived by his wife, Jeanne Hanan; his daughter, Janet Lovelin (Marlin); sons, Jerry Hanan and Robert Hanan (Peggy); daughter, Regina Roberts (Jerry); brothers, Dale Hanan (Bette) and Lynn Hanan (Maxine); sister, Joyce Cassity (Bob); sister-in-law, Nancy Hanan; and brother-in-law, Dale Conley (Emily). Darrell also has six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. His parents; and two brothers, Harley and Dean Hanan; preceded him in death.
Special thanks from the family to nephew Andrew Conley for his tireless help with Darrell coming home.