Fred John Hanna - 1959

Class of 1959
Logansport High School
Logansport, Indiana

Fred John Hanna

       April 1, 1941  -  February 24 or 27, 1992  (50)

Fred John Hanna attended Jefferson Grade School, transferring to Daniel Webster when his father, a popular Logansport attorney; moved his family from Garfield Avenue, across the street from Fairview Park, to East Broadway, along the boulevard.

Fred was a leader throughout his years at LHS:  As President of the Student Council, he was the closest thing we had to a Student Body President.  Fred was an officer in Key Club, Latin Club, Hi-Y and Music Club.  He was a Student Rotarian, a member of the "L" Club and Student Manager for the Football Team.  He was a talented musician - a saxophone player in the band, swing band and orchestra.  And he was a member of the National Honor Society.  He was among the best and the brightest.

Classmates will remember him driving his '51 Chevy - usually with a pretty girl at his side - but always armed with a disarming smile.  Some may recall when, during our senior year, he returned from a weekend visiting DePauw College.  He had been accepted to the college of his choice and was proudly wearing the pledge pin from a fraternity.  He displayed a zest for life and all the ingredients for a successful future.

When illness struck him after a few short years in college, we were stunned.  When it became apparent that he would be unable to continue we felt hurt.  And when he died as a young man, we found it confusing and nonsensical that one of us with such an abundance of talent and such a willingness to give was taken from us.

Our memories of Fred are some compensation, of course, but who can help but wonder what might have been.

The following is from the Logansport Pharos Tribune Archives

     SARASOTA, Fla. — Frederick John Hanna, 50, Sarasota, Fla., died Monday, Feb. 24, after a long illness.
     He was the son of Fred B. and Charlotte Hanna, who survive in Sarasota.
     Mr. Hanna was a graduate of Logansport High School and Culver Military Summer School.  He attended De Pauw University in Greencastle on a Rector Scholarship, and was affiliated with Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
     Since living in Sarasota, he had given more than 500 hours in volunteer service at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
     He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
     Also surviving is one sister, Jennifer Messmer, Bradenton.
     A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. today in St. Armand Lutheran Church in Sarasota.  Burial will be at a later date in Logansport.  [Burial was held in Mt. Hope Cemetery on June 16, 1992.]  (1-19-2011)