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Obituary: Charles L. Hanavan Jr., 97

By Administrator

December 27, 2023

Charles Linis Hanavan, Jr. was born June 18, 1926, on a farm near Arapahoe, Colorado, to Charles Linis Hanavan, Sr. and Anna (Borovicka) Hanavan, the seventh of ten children. He helped with the family farm while three of his older brothers served their country during WWII. He graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1944 volunteering to serve in the Army in 1946 for 7 months stationed at Fort Lewis Military Base in Washington State. Following his service in the Army, he attended Colorado State College A&M in Fort Collins, CO from 1948-50. He married Parthenia (Patsy) Lee Pelton on December 19, 1948, in Cheyenne Wells, Colorado, and began building the family farm with wife and partner, Patsy in Cheyenne County in 1948. They were the parents of 8 sons and 4 daughters. He died December 9, 2023, in Cheyenne Wells, Colorado, at the age of 97.

His life was defined by service. From the local “Old Wells” 4-H Club leadership and Cheyenne Wells Lions Club, School Board, Keefe Memorial Hospital, and Methodist Church to the regional Rocky Mountain Farmers Union to the state-level Colorado Farm Service Agency and Colorado Highway Transportation Commission, Charles helped anywhere needed. He was especially passionate in assisting and helping young beginning farmers and ranchers through his service on the boards of the Farm Credit Association of Southern Colorado, Colorado Rural Rehabilitation Committee, and the Rocky Mountain Farmers

Union. Always at the heart of his service was the goal of making family farming, ranching, and rural communities thrive. He was recognized for his lifetime of unselfish service with his induction into the prestigious Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2020.

The father of twelve children, 30 grandchildren, and 48 great grandchildren, Charles is survived by children, Perry, Darrell, (Kathy), Blane (Martha), Doug, Greg (Sandy), Gloria Donnelly, Chris (Melanie), Julie (Kent) Sramek, Jon, Coky (Greg) Palmer, Connie (Randy) Osborn. Grandchildren (30): Jordan Hanavan, Tia (Bill) Duncan, Jana Hanavan. Melissa (Joe) Deckelman, Glenda (Travis) Bullock, Cherie (Brad) Bornhorst, Daniel (Lynn) Hanavan, Clint (Katie) Hanavan, Abby (Jared) Myers, Sam (Kara) Hanavan, Corrie (Sam) Myersick, Toby (Jenny Rice), Casey (Katy) Hanavan, Jesse (Suzie) Hanavan, Shelley (Colby) Harlan, Kelley (Jake) Derner, Stepheni (Jason) Wood, Robin Donnelly, Jessica (Josh) Benedict, Hillary (Derek) Ellis, Trevor (April) Hanavan, Cameron (April) Sramek, Kellen (Ashley) Sramek, Logan (Ashlee) Hanavan, Drew Hanavan, Kolby (Kelsey) Palmer, Koy (Jacqueline) Palmer, Colton (Beth) Osborn, Leah (Ryan) Koeller. Great Grandchildren (48): Lucy, Henry, Olive, Luciano, Sebastian, Preston, Keenan, Parker, Taylor, Alayna, Evelyn, Bruin, Landon, Avery, Belle, Claire, Maggie, Toby, Evelyn, James, Ingrid, Benjamin, Madison, Maddison, Leah, Easton, Everly, Mason, Taylor, Rylee, Jace, Justin, Joseph, Jadon, Jared, Jeffrey, Graham, Reagan, Foster, Esme, Rowan, Danaleigh, Korbin, Haddie, Camri, Brya, Rynlee, Rayne.

Charles was preceded in death by his wife Patsy (Pelton) Hanavan, son Chuck; his granddaughter, Jenifer Donnelly, and grandson-in-law, Kevin Erker, parents Charles L and Anna (Borovika) Hanavan; siblings Wayne, Linis, Glen, Phil, Marian, Dale, and Eunice;

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. December 19, 2023 at the Cheyenne Wells Methodist Church with Devin Dickey officiating. Burial at Fairview Cemetery in Cheyenne Wells will follow the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Charles Hanavan Memorial Fund at Eastern Colorado Bank in his honor (To be split to local organizations) or Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Educational and Charitable Foundation.

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