Terry Hankenson

Terry Hankenson

Once a Marine, always a Marine.  At least until the grandkids arrived.  As a grandpop, the gruff old guy became a teddy bear.  He never missed a grandkid’s event and was constantly chauffeuring them around.  Of course he never lost the confidence of the few and the proud; Terry moved with purpose.  As a dad, he wasn’t so strict, but the way he said things left little doubt about what he expected.  He was a health and physical education teacher at Cherry Hill Middle School and sometimes the wrestling coach.  In the early years of his marriage he helped run his wife’s family’s liquor store on weekends and nights; Sundays were for inventory.  Of course, all work and no play wouldn’t work so they bought a home on a lagoon in Ocean City.  He was a huge fan of the Night in Venice: they won best in show several times for their floats. 

He was quite the student at Indiana State University; diligent and complete.  There he’d meet a girl who wasn’t quite so into studying but had mastered the social life.  He and the late Judy would share a 38 year marriage that was blessed with 2 children, Chris (Rebecca) and Beth (Steve) Rabenold; and later by 5 grandchildren, Colin, Charlotte, Cathryn, Kayla and Nathan.  He is survived by his brother, Lewis Hankenson.

His family will celebrate 77 great years privately at a graveside service at Lake Park Cemetery, Swedesboro.

4 Comments

  1. Christine Klick says:

    I remember being at the house in O.C. for Night in Venice. What a fun time. In addition I have many memories spending time, in New Jersey, as the Molitor family-variations of the LeFevres, Stanley’s, and Hankensons. Uncle Terry always had a smile on his face. My condolences to Beth and Chris.
    Christine LeFevre Klick

  2. Bonnie says:

    Love to Chris and Beth your dad will always have a place in your heart. He touched the lives of all of us. Rest in Peace Terry. Always a friend of yours and Judy.

  3. Peggy J Rabenold says:

    Love and prayers today and always. May all the wonderful memories help you through the bad times. We love you all. Dad and Peggy

  4. Terry and miriam says:

    Sorry about your great loss . I know we all will enjoy all memories. We wish you all the best. Terry is great man. Terry Miriam love u

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