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Fred N. Hancock


Fred N. Hancock, 95, of Wesley Village, Macomb, died on Friday, June 19, 2009, at Wesley Village Health Care, Macomb.

He was born Dec. 1, 1913, in Spencer, Ind., to Fred and Laura (Ashcraft) Hancock.  He married Rudy Johnson on June 20, 1936, in Bloomington, Ind. She preceded him in death in 1992.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Clyde Hancock, and three infant sisters, Cythia, Georgia and Monice.

He is survived by a daughter, Jacquie (Bill) Brattain, Colchester; three granddaughters, Cindy (Rick) Ramsey, Augusta, Nancy (Don) Brattain Rogers, Terre Haute, Ind., and Jenny Brattain, Macomb; eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

His formative years were spent in the Gosport and Stinesville, Ind.,

areas. He attended a one-room school named Sand College and graduated from Stinesville High School in 1931. He graduated from the Indiana University School of Business in 1935. During his college years, he worked as a student employee in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. He worked in Chicago and Indianapolis for the Jewel Tea Company and Armour and Company. He returned to Bloomington and served as the assistant manager of the Bloomington Municipal Water Works until World War II. He served as a Navy officer during the war. He taught in the Mine Warfare School and served as the skipper of a minesweeper.  He rode out a typhoon in which several ships were lost and was involved in sweeping the harbors so that the occupation forces could go ashore in Japan. He was in Japan shortly after its surrender. He was discharged with the rank of Lieutenant.

Following the war he served as the manager of Wiles Photo Supply near the Indiana University campus until 1970.  He then owned and operated the Hoosier Laundromat until 1981. He moved to Macomb in 1985 and lived on Arlington Drive in Georgetown.

He loved to travel and visited all 50 states. He also traveled abroad and enjoyed a Caribbean cruise for his 90th birthday. He always enjoyed family gatherings. Fred was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, the American Legion and the Emeritus Club of Indiana University Alumni Association. For several years he enjoyed eating lunch at the YMCA senior center.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Monday, June 22, 2009, at Jones Mortuary, Colchester, with the Reverend Russell Smith officiating.

Private burial will take place at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb, at a later date. Military services by the Macomb American Legion and Macomb V.F.W. will be held at the funeral home following services,

Memorials may be made to the Macomb Senior Citizens at the Y.M.C.A.

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