Gene Heber Hancock
June 10 1926 - July 10 2016 - Age 90

Our loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, Gene Heber Hancock, passed away peacefully at his home on July 10, 2016.

Gene was born June 10, 1926 in West Weber, Utah to Heber J. and Laura Mae (Blanch) Hancock. He was the third child in a family consisting of one sister and four brothers. Dad was raised on the family farm where he learned at an early age the value of hard work. Even though he worked hard, he still found time to have fun with his brothers and friends. Dad attended school in West Weber where he met the love of his life and future eternal companion, LaVon Skeen. They dated throughout high school and Gene graduated from Weber High School in 1944. Shortly after graduation, Dad enlisted and honorably served in the United States Army during World War II. He was assigned to the front lines of combat during the Philippines Conflict. Dad loved his country and was willing to make personal sacrifices in honor of his country. He has instilled that love of country and respect for the flag within his posterity.

When Gene returned home from military service, he married his sweetheart, LaVon, on January 8, 1947 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple for time and all eternity. The have spent 69 1/2 happy years together. From this union, came five children: RaeDene (Brent) Hodson, Shauna Hadley (Ed) Smith, Karla (Dave) Hall, Jeana (Neal) Berube, and Blake (Terri) Hancock. His posterity grew to include 18 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren, all who adore and love grandpa so very much. Also surviving are brothers, Reed (Mary Lou) Hancock, Terry (Ronda) Hancock and sister-in-law Joan Hancock.

Gene supported his family by working at Pillsbury Mills, retiring after 40 years of service. He was involved with the Grain Millers' Union and was instrumental in negotiating well-deserved benefits for employees. He was greatly respected by his co-workers and gained many lifelong friendships through his employment there. In his younger years, Dad enjoyed playing baseball, golfing, camping and traveling to many parts of the country. He also was a fan of the Utah Jazz and was the #1 supporter of all his children's and grandchildren's activities.

Dad will always be remembered for his kindness, his great integrity, his positive influence and the quiet strength he demonstrated throughout his lifetime. Even though he suffered significant health challenges during his later years, he remained amicable and endured these challenges well. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Gene was met in heaven by his parents; in-laws, Jack and Ruby Skeen; sister, Ruth Goodfellow; brothers, Max and Val; son-in-law, Alan Hadley and many friends and loved ones who have gone before him.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at the West Weber 1st Ward, 4100 W. 900 So. Viewings will be held at the church on Friday, July 15th from 6 to 8 PM and Saturday from 9:30 to 10:40 AM. Interment in the West Weber Cemetery with Military Honors.

Ogden, UT (current)
West Weber, UT (birthplace)

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