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Willis S. Hahn
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Birth: Dec. 6, 1910
Cedar Rapids
Linn County
Iowa, USA
Death: Dec. 27, 1961
Sioux City
Woodbury County
Iowa, USA

Willis Seward Hahn was born
December 6, 1910 in Cedar Rapids,
Iowa, to Claude J. Hahn and Nellie
Sperry Hahn. He attended Cedar Rapids
School and graduated from Grant High
School in June 1927.
Willis married Thelma Christine
Petersen, December 7, 1935, at the First
Congregational Church. They raised two
daughters, Karen Christine, born
February 26, 1938 and Marcia Lee born
August 19, 1941. Both daughters were
born at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar
Rapids, Iowa.
After high school, Willis worked for
C.R. Gas Co. when they were laying pipe
for Natural Gas. He then went to work
for Wilson and Co. in Cedar Rapids, in
the wholesale market. In 1940 he was
transferred to the Dog Food Department
as salesman. He worked for Barron
Motor Supply Do., Omar Flour Co., and
was a Division Sales Manager for
Cudahy Packing Co. in Sioux City, Iowa.
Willis was the Public Relations
Director for the Sioux Soos Baseball
team. He joined the Fairmont Foods
Corp. in 1955 as an account salesman, a
year later he was transferred to
Scottsbluff, Nebraska and a year later to
a like position at North Platte, Nebraska
as manager. In 1960 he assumed the
position of General Manager of the Sioux
City, Iowa Branch.
Willis was a member of the First
Methodist Church in Sioux City, the
Y.M.C.A. Board, Morningside Lodge
615 AF&M, Sioux City Consistory High
Twelve, the Morningside Chapter 502
Order of Eastern Star Sioux City
Oldtimers Club, Lions Club, Sioux City
and South Sioux City Chamber of
Commerce, and the Morningside Chapter
of DeMolay.
Willis died December 27, 1961 at the
Lutheran Hospital in Sioux City of a
heart attack.
Anecdotes: While working for Cudahy
Packing Co. in Mason City, Iowa, Willis
had his Studebaker coupe decked out in a
bright Cudahy red. In fact, it looked like
the red coupe driven by the Fire Chief.
One day Willis was "hurrying up" on a
city bus. The bus driver pulled over to
the curb in the middle of the block and
stopped, thinking it was the Fire Chief.
Willis gave a gleeful wave as he passed.
The driver gave an "Aw Nuts" expression
and resumed speed. (contributed by
Christine Hahn Shramek)
The first time I ever saw color
television was at Uncle Willis's and Aunt
Christine's house in Sioux City. We
watched Bonanza and Macy's
Thanksgiving Day parade. (Sandy
McCulloch Evans)
On a vacation to Nebraska, the Bob
and Dorothy Hahn family were visiting
the Willis and Christine Hahn family. A
picture from that vacation shows 4-5
year old Barb with her head laying on a
tree stump, and Uncle Willis's axe raised
as if to strike. What had Barb been doing
previously to get that kind of reaction???
(Judi Hahn Barta)
Everyone in the family, I'm sure,
knows how like to spend money. Well,
my contention is that it's in my genes. I
take after my father. He always liked to
spend money, too! I think that's why my
mother always paid the bills and took
care of the money.
We needed a new easy chair in the
living room when we lived in North
Platte. One of the furniture stores was
having a sale so Mother sent Daddy to
buy a new chair. Well, he bought one
alright but it wasn't one on sale!
Also while we lived in North Platte, we
acquired an air conditioner we really
couldn't afford. We were having company
in August so Mother suggested that he
rent an air conditioner for 2 weeks, so off
he went. I think that salesman had been
talking to the guy from the furniture store
and saw Daddy coming. Sure enough he
bought the sucker. Needless to say,
Mother was not real pleased, but she did
enjoy both the chair and the cool air.
(Karen Hahn)
Another time Mother was put out with
Daddy was when he had painted an old
family trunk which had traveled west on
a covered wagon. He had painted the
whole thing bright orange for a parade in
North Platte. It has now been stripped
and sanded and is in my living room. Bob
did most of the work. (Marcia Hahn Brown) 
 
Burial:
Cedar Memorial Park
Cedar Rapids
Linn County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Acacia, lot 506, space 5
 
Created by: Scotti McCarthy
Record added: Apr 28, 2010
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Willis S. Hahn
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Willis S. Hahn
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 Added: Apr. 28, 2010
 
 
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