Daniel Autrey Hanners

Daniel Autrey Hanners

Doniphan, Ripley County, Missouri, USA
Death 27 Jul 2007 (aged 86)
Hood River, Hood River County, Oregon, USA
Burial Hood River, Hood River County, Oregon, USA
Plot Block 11, Lot 31, Grave 6
Memorial ID 43947994 · View Source
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Invented Apple Tree, producing world record size red apples, U.S. Plant Patent No. 3,560, patented May 28, 1974.

Hood River News Obituary, August 1, 2007
Daniel ‘Dan' Autrey Hanners
Daniel Autrey Hanners passed away July 27, 2007, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital with family by his side.
A service to honor and celebrate Dan's life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Anderson's Tribute Center; a reception will follow in Anderson's Reception Room until 1 p.m., when family and friends will proceed to Idlewild Cemetery for interment with military honors. Family friend Oscar Stenberg III will officiate.
Daniel was born July 11, 1921, in the small town of Doniphan in Ripley County, Mo. He grew up in Missouri, the son of a farmer; he left during high school to find work with the Civilian Conservation Corp. and in 1939 enlisted in the United States Navy.
He served his country proudly from 1939 until 1947 and was stationed around the world serving on the U.S.S. Ramsay and the U.S.S. Hampton. Dan was a survivor of the Pearl Harbor attack and until recently was reluctant to talk about that day's events or his acts of heroism.
While at the shipyards in the fall of 1945, Dan happened to meet a young lady working there as timekeeper for the repair crews. In Dan's words: "I was standing on the deck of my ship with a fellow crewman, when this motor launch approached. I looked down and was hit like a ton of bricks. I said to my shipmate, ‘Who is that blond bombshell?'" That "Blond Bombshell" was Mary Ann Scearce, of Hood River. They reunited when he was assigned to U.S. Naval Damage Control School at the U.S. Naval Station, Treasure Island, San Francisco, Calif. Mary Ann at this time was attending the University of California Berkeley, but her family lived in Hood River.
On Sept. 7, 1946, Dan and Mary Ann were united in marriage at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Hood River. They returned to California and lived there for a few years before permanently relocating to Hood River.
In 1948 Dan assisted in the incorporation of the West Side Fire Department and was its first fire chief for five years. In November of that same year he received his real estate license and began selling real estate on a part-time basis. In December he was appointed to the office of Hood River County Assessor, and was elected to a full four-year term in 1952.
In 1953 Dan resigned his office of County Assessor and began selling stock locally in a branch of Commercial Bank of Oregon. It was purchased in 1955 by U.S. Bank, he having the title of assistant manager, until 1981 when he became manager, retaining that title until his retirement in 1985.
Meanwhile his orchard prospered and grew; he added additional acreage as circumstances allowed. One day while working in his orchard, he noticed a branch on one of his trees grew an unusually large apple. He marked the tree, and soon after began grafting and propagation, and from this humble beginning the Hanners Big Apple came.
In 1971 Dan was regional area development chairman for Hood River County. He worked together with a team to bring tourism to Cascade Locks. The Port of Cascade Locks first wished to develop an aerial tramway up the mountain behind town but was dissuaded from this course by Dan. He advised them instead to invest in a sternwheeler to ply the waters of the Columbia. This was done, to everyone's satisfaction, and was the beginning of the Cascade Locks Sternwheeler Cruises.
He loved horses and one of his hobbies was raising fine Arabians. His memberships and affiliations are too many to list but he was and will be remembered as a pillar to Hood River County.
Dan is survived and will be dearly missed by his wife of 60 years, Mary Ann; children: Holly (and George) Pongracz, of Tualatin, Gregg (and Lesa) Hanners, of Hood River and Richard (and Linda) Hanners, of Hood River; eight grandchildren, and sister, Betty Jo Hanners, of Washington, D.C.; as well as many friends.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; (541) 386-1000; www.andersonstributecenter.com

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CCM Navy World War II, Hanners Apples, Pear Orchardist, Bank Manager, Arabian Breeder

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