In Memory of

Stephen Hankens

May 22, 1945 - July 27, 2010
Steve Hankens, age 65, of Cherokee, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 27th, at Cherokee Regional Medical Center, among family and friends. Born in 1945, to Don and Ivagene Hankens, Steve was a lifelong resident of Cherokee, leaving briefly only to attend college and law school at Drake University, in Des Moines, as well as to serve in the United States Army. While stationed at Fort Ord in California, Steve served as a medic, helping soldiers returning from Vietnam recover from their injuries. It was there he realized how much he enjoyed caring for people. Following his discharge, he completed his undergraduate education and went on to receive his law degree. After graduation, Steve returned to Cherokee to work alongside his father, Don, and brother, Dan, where he continued to practice for the next 38 years. In recent years, Steve was known for his regular visits to the hospital and local nursing homes. Wherever he went, he always greeted people with a smile and a joke, and those who knew him will attest to his warm heart and generosity. Steve is survived by his sister, Ann; brother, Dan; sons, Jeff and Kevin, and their wives, Sarah and Melissa, respectively; their mother, Deb; two grandchildren; and many good friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, September 18, 2010, at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Rev. Magrey R. deVega
Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service.
Vocalist Jeff Rohlwing
Oak Hill Cemetery Cherokee, IA


Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“I was a friend of Steve in the Army at Fort Sam, Texas, Letterman, and Fort Ord. Just doing a google search when thinking as a veteran. Shocking result. I knew him as a supper person and really did want to make contact again. Guess this is the best I can do.”
- Harvey Leighnor
Friday, August 19, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“I just today learned of the death, and share my condolences. As a then 15-year-old, I was not aware or mature enough to know WHICH Hankens saved my life, or to send a thank-you note, but in 1967 our boat exploded and my friend, in a panic, nearly drowned me. Two men in the Cherokee Hankens boat pulled us out of the water. Greg Koenig, the friend, and I will be forever grateful. ”
- Joel T.S. Greer
Friday, September 17, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“David and I wish to send you our sympathy. Steve was a great guy and will be missed. He was always there to help us when we needed it. Our sympathy to the family and know you are in our thoughts and prayers.”
- David and Eunice Anderson
Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Hankens Family,
I was saddened to learn of Steve's passing. Time certainly has flown by!! Warm regards to you.”
- James A. Nelson
Monday, August 9, 2010 at 12:00 AM
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Friday, August 6, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“To the entire Hankens family and especially to Dan. Please accept my sincere condolences. I remember Steve from High School and he was always so pleasant. Always smiling. He died too early.”
- Doug Lundsgaard
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“To all of Steves family. I would like to send my love and prayers to you all. Steve was a very good friend of mine. I met Steve through George Bacon,at the Villa where Steve would often visit George. Ill miss seeing him at Kum and Go for coffee too. May the Lord Hold you all in the palms of his hands. I will so miss my friend Steve”
- Michele Linn
Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“To a classmate we will all miss, but he is no longer in pain. God rest your soul,”
- Connie J (Byerly) Taravella
Friday, July 30, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Deb -- I was very sorry to hear of Steve's death. I knew Steve, of course, since we were very young boys. Our first project together, now nearly 60 years ago, was to build as a class project a scaled down model of the interior of a volcano -- a project that required us to pour copious amounts of flower and water into a prefabricated box. Throughout my school years in Cherokee, Steve was an invariable member of our little group of guys who hung out together whenever we could. I don't remember in all of that time Steve ever having said anything negative about anyone else or raising his voice in anger. He was a wonderful friend throughout our growing up years. Although I did not see Steve as often as I would have liked when we became adults, I always enjoyed the time that I was able to spend with him. Steve's passing is a very great loss. Just knowing he was there was a source of comfort and happiness for me. My condolences to you, Deb, and to the rest of the family.

- John Rupp
Friday, July 30, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“I want to extend my sympathy to Steve's family. He and his dad were our family lawyers for eons. Steve helped me get through the death of my father, Melvin Johnson, not only professionally but also personally by his caring and humor... I used to tell people that MY LAWYER lived in Iowa even though I live in Missouri... I'll miss him...”
- Deborah Banister
Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“sorry to hear about your loss.he will be missed by alot of people.he was also a great guy”
- Missy Eberly
Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry to learn of Steve's passing. He was a good friend to Jim”
- Jane Weins
Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“My deepest sympathies to Steve's family upon his death. If it was not for a conflict you can be assured that after 50+ years of friendship I would be there to personally extend my condolences. For luck I was able to spend some time with Steve last Fall when he assisted me with my mother's estate. He was a wonderful friend and I will miss him greatly, but like you I still have my memories. God bless.”
- Ted Johnson
Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“My prayers are with you, Deb, Kevin and Jeff. Life is a gift that ends for us all. May we all live each day as if it were our last. ”
- Betsey Danforth Morningstar
Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Tim, Dan and the entire Hankens Family: I wanted to let you know that I had the great privilege of meeting and getting to know Steve over the last two years and I was fortunate to be able to say that he will always be in my thoughts because of the man that he was and how he cared about people. Steve was the first person that I met when I moved to Cherokee and I will always remember him as a warm and enduring person. I am greatly sorry for your loss.”
- Barry J. Lewis
Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“i,am very sorry to here that we lost one of our classmates of 1963. you and the family are in my prayers . nad god bless you all”
- roger h. bunn
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