Russell Hancock, 97, of Spring Valley

Russell Hancock

Russell Homer Hancock, 97, of Spring Valley, died on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at Ostrander Care and Rehab.

He was born Aug. 16, 1921, in rural Chester in Howard County, Iowa, to Thomas and Lillian (Diedrickson) Hancock.

He attended three different country schools through the eighth grade. As a boy, he enjoyed fishing, trapping and hunting, especially fox.

As a young man, he farmed with his parents and worked for neighboring farmers. He then went to work for International Chemical in Mason City, Iowa, for two years before returning to Granger, where he was employed by the Granger Creamery for four years. In 1951, he started working as a carpenter and painter. It was during this time, he tore down the Ostrander Great Western Depot. He also worked at the Ostrander Hardware Store for five years before moving along with the business to Spring Valley Hardware and Appliance, where he worked for 42 years.

On Aug. 27, 1957, he was united in marriage to Lorraine Johnson at the Bloomfield Lutheran Church parsonage.

In 1965, he was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. At the end of 1985, he retired from the store but continued to do service calls for a number of years. He enjoyed doing yard and garden work and also enjoyed traveling to visit friends and relatives.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine, of Spring Valley; 21 nieces and nephews and a sister-in-law, Dolores Wood of Pell City, Ala.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Nathan, Eldon and Richard.

Funeral services for him were held on Monday, March 11, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Mark Van House and the Rev. Betsy Dartt officiating. Spring burial will take place at Bloomfield Cemetery in Bloomfield Township.

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