James Raymond Hankins died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, at HopeWest Care Center in Grand Junction. He was 95.
He was born on Nov. 13, 1920, to James Howard Hankins and Gertie Elsie (Ennen) Hankins of Corwith, Iowa. He grew up and attended school in Guthrie Center, Iowa. He later moved to Indianapolis, Ind., where he graduated from Ben Davis High School in 1939. He was known as Bud to his family and friends.
Mr. Hankins served in the U.S. Coast Guard and was honorably discharged in 1941.
One of his first jobs was delivering telegraphs for Western Union on his bicycle.
He married Ellen Jeanea McCloskey on Nov. 4, 1943, in Westfield, Ind. Early in their marriage they moved back to Corwith, Iowa, where they farmed. During that time the couple attended St. John Lutheran Church.
In 1961, the family moved to Albuquerque, N.M., where Mr. Hankins owned several small businesses during their 30 years there. After retiring, he built three of his own homes. The Hankins lived in Crawford the past 10 years.
Mr. Hankins enjoyed woodworking, making wood projects and furniture for his and his children's homes, fishing, teaching his grandchildren to fish, and traveling with his wife and their RV.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Ellen Hankins; son, Jim Hankins of Pine Island, Fla.; daughters, Carol Smythe of Peoria, Ariz., and Janet (Jeff) McGregor of Crawford; sisters, Katheryn Quebe and Gloria Adams, both of Corwith, Iowa; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Mr. Hankins was preceded in death by three brothers, Richard Hankins, Howard Hankins and Harold Hankins.
No service will be held at his request.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory handled the arrangements.
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