Jay Hanken

Obituary of Jay Hanken



Jay R. Hanken, 67, of Monticello, passed away unexpectedly.


Visitation will be held from 2 - 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello.


Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, at SS Peter and Paul Lutheran Church of Castle Grove, with burial in Prairie Hill Cemetery.  Rev. Holly Knouse will officiate.


Jay was born December 29, 1951, in Monticello, the son of Wesley and Nedra (Kromminga) Hanken.  He graduated from Springville High School with the Class of 1970 and from Iowa State University in 1975.  He married Cindy Rowen on August 23, 1975, in Anamosa and raised 4 children together.  Jay was a self-employed contractor in the Monticello area for nearly 40 years.  Dirt track racing, gardening and his grandchildren were his passions and he was known for legendary shenanigans.  He also liked a good poker game and good music.


Survivors include his mother, Nedra Hanken of Monticello, children: Garett (Jenny) Hanken and Gabriel Hanken, both of Monticello, Whitney Hanken of Cedar Rapids and Kaelor Hanken of Iowa City, their mother, Cindy Hanken of Monticello, 3 grandchildren: Olyvia, Waylon and Rosa Hanken; siblings: W. Chris (Lin) Hanken of Maquoketa, Cynthia (John) Coy of Wintergreen, VA, Jeffrey (Sharon) Hanken of Cedar Rapids, and Beth Hanken of Monticello; a sister-in-law, Bobbi (Mark) Ball of Anamosa.


He was preceded in death by his father, Wesley Hanken, two grandchildren, Anton and Brooks Hanken; parents-in-law, Robert and Rosa Rowen, a sister-in-law, Terri Vanek.


Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com


Public Visitation

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 1, 2019
Kramer Funeral Home - M
700 Oak St. , PO Box 791
Monticello, Iowa, United States

Memorial Service

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Monday, December 2, 2019
SS Peter & Paul Lutheran Church
21069 Prairie Hill Rd
Monticello, Iowa, United States


2:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday, December 2, 2019
Prairie Hill Cemetery
21050-21114 Prairie Hill
Rd Monticello, Iowa, United States
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