Jack W. Hannah

Born: Thu., Jan. 20, 1916
Died: Mon., Nov. 24, 2008

Funeral Service

Sat., Nov. 29, 2008

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ELKHART -- Dr. Jack W. Hannah, 92, of Elkhart, died at 7:45 a.m. Monday (Nov. 24, 2008) in Hubbard Hill Estates.

He was born Jan. 20, 1916, in Rising Sun to William and Jessie (Miller) Hannah. On Dec. 3, 1971, he married Marian R. Packer in Elkhart.

She survives along with two sons, James D. (Nancy) Hannah of Elkhart and Steve (Denise) Packer of Columbus; one daughter, Kathy S. Packer of Elkhart; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Judy Haldeman, and one brother, Robert Hannah.

Dr. Hannah graduated from Hanover College and Indiana University School of Medicine. He entered the U.S. Public Health Service in Baltimore at the beginning of World War II. He was assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard aboard USS Gulfport as a ship's doctor. After the war, he started a family practice in Wakarusa.

He specialized in anesthesia at Elkhart General Hospital and, along with his wife, a nurse anesthetist, trained Elkhart's first EMTs. He retired in 1980 after performing more than 50,000 anesthetics.

Dr. Hannah enjoyed seeing his friends and shipmates during his retirement and telling them about his grandchildren.

A gathering of friends and family will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St., Elkhart. Cremation has taken place.

Memorials may be given to Bethel College School of Nursing, 1001 W. McKinley Ave., Mishawaka, IN 46545. Visit www.billingsfuneralhome.com to send online condolences.

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Mrs. Bonnie Lou Hahn Fitch
   Posted Thu November 27, 2008
Everyone loves to believe they have an effect on a life. Dr. Hannah was the attending physican for my mother (Evelyn Schieber Hahn) when I was born. I was 16 years old and having my tonsils removed when I met Dr. Hannah. Fast forward 13 years and Dr. Hannah was there at the birth of my first (of 2 children) child, Erin Magdelena Fitch Liveski. Emergency C-section. As my husband (Michael Patrick Fitch) later declared there are only two ways to be physically born, so it was wonderful to have my child with my first doctor. Dr. Hannah effectively altered lives without any of us truly understanding the degrees. Thank you Dr. Hannah. May God bless you and comfort your family at this time.

Chuck Drake
   Posted Thu November 27, 2008
To Jim and Family, Sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He certainly had a rich and interesting life. He was an amazingly giving and caring person. Our little neighborhood gained a really special person when you guys moved in so many years ago. I would think that, other than my own parents, I learned more about life from your dad than anyone else. My best to everyone, Chuck Drake

George and Colleen Jenkins
   Posted Fri November 28, 2008
Dear Jim,Nancy and family, We were so sorry to hear of your dads' passing. We pray that God will give you peace and comfort during this time. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Blessings, George and Colleen

Tom Parcell
   Posted Sat November 29, 2008
Dear Jim and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I deeply regret that I can't get out of work to be there on Saturday. Our dads were good friends for a lot of years. Those two were "dangerous" together ! About ten days ago I was telling a co-worker about seeing him at your son"s middle school cross country meet at Hoke's Farm. Then I told her a couple of "Dr. Jack stories" and we were both laughing. Your dad was quite a guy! Your dad delivered me. He liked to tell me that "He was the first one to paddle my butt." Then he would add that "I was such a good kid it was probably about the last time that I got paddled." I will always have good thoughts about him. God bless you and your family! Tom & Marcia Parcell

Heidi (Keehn) Meno
   Posted Tue December 09, 2008
I am sorry for your loss. I remember Dr Hannah from camp when I was a child. He was always kind and may have been one of the reasons I went into nursing.

Polly Lehman Cooper
   Posted Mon December 15, 2008
December 15, 2008 Mirian and Jim, I just learned today about Jack when I received my Wakarusa Tribune. I am so sorry for your loss. He was so popular as a family physician, an anesthesiologist and, of course, as a friend. When he was in private practice in Wakarusa, we were quite familiar with both the office and home visits for our family of four girls. I have so many fond memories of times from my childhood as a friend, neighbor and classmate of Judy's. My first trip in an airplane was with Dr. Hannah piloting us. Also, I was unaware that Judy was no longer living. When you have time, I would like to know about her. Again, please accept my condolences. Polly

Brett A. Eaton MD
   Posted Sat January 10, 2009
01/10/2009 Mid November I was thinking about Dr. Hannah. Enough so that I "people searched" him and was excited to see the same old address come up. I promised myself to track him down this summer. My mother, Billie (89), was visiting last night and I wanted to show her what I had found. Sadly, this tribute page appeared. Dr. Hannah delivered me and took care of me through childhood. He didn't carry a little black bag; it was a large black box with numerous trays and drawers full of little packs of medicine and it always smelled of penicillin and rubbing alcohol. I remember him down on his knees to be at my level to make me feel comfortable as he examined me. I wish I had $5 for every stitch I got. On a personal note, I remember my first airplane ride on my birthday, mushroom hunting trips to Traverse City and watching Disney and Bonanza in color!! Dr. Hannah was always an inspiration to me. I've been flying since age 16 and am a Family Practitioner in Frankfort, IN. I still deliver babies and see lots of kids. Yes, I crawl around on my knees too, although each year it gets harder to get back up. Every time someone calls me "Doc" I smile and think of Dr. Hannah. What a great guy. I wish I could have told him. With great sadness, From my family to yours, Brett A. Eaton MD