Oliver Hanes Obituary

Oliver Wendell Hanes
Oliver W. Hanes
Oliver Wendell Hanes

September 29, 1916 - April 8, 2008
Resided in West Des Moines, IA
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On April 8, 2008, Oliver Wendell Hanes died peacefully with his daughters by his side, at Taylor Hospice House in Des Moines, Iowa. Funeral services will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, April 12, 2008, at St. Mark Lutheran Church

He was born September 29, 1916, son of Charlotte Youngerman Hanes and Charles Vernon Hanes. At a young age, Windy lost his father and his mother later married Arthur V. Lind, which union produced two half-sisters, Nadean and Mary Joyce.

Windy graduated from Drake University Law School in 1942. After graduating, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. His Air Corps training included Kingman, Arizona; Lancaster, California and San Antonio, Texas. On August 14, 1943, while on furlough, he married Maxine Kremer, also of Des Moines, Iowa. Windy was immediately assigned to the Pacific Theatre where he was a bombardier/navigator with the 494th Bombardment Group.

Following World War II, he returned to Iowa to work for the chief attorney's office in the Veteran's Administration. During the Korean Conflict, Windy served as a judge-advocate with the Iowa National Guard in Bangor, Maine and Alexandria, Louisiana. Windy returned to his job with the V.A. in 1952, where he raised his family in West Des Moines.

Following retirement from the V.A., Windy joined a law firm then known as Riemenschneider, Hanes & Hill, where he practiced tax and probate law for twenty years. His wife, Maxine, passed away in 1980, and he later married Opal Glynn of West Des Moines. In 1998, Windy and Opal moved to the Lodge at Ashworth in West Des Moines.

He is predeceased by his first wife, Maxine, and his second wife, Opal, as well as his sister, Nadean Hamilton. He is survived by his sister, Mary Joyce Thomas, and his three daughters - Wendy Hanes of Wichita, KS, Lesley Malik (Jim) of Winfield, IL, and Melodee Hanes (Tom Bennett) of Billings, MT, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Windy was active with the Des Moines Consistory of Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry (Gnemeth Lodge 577 A.F. and A.M.), 494th Bombardment Group, American Legion, Iowa State Bar Association, Za-Ga-Zig Shrine, St. Mark Lutheran Church, High Twelve International and various community boards within the Des Moines area. A memorial fund has been established with Drake University Law School. Contributions may be sent to Jennifer Allamby at Drake University Development Office, 2507 University Ave. Des Moines, IA 50311.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 pm on Friday, April 11, 2008, at Iles Funeral Homes- Dunn's Chapel.

The family wants to especially thank Taylor Hospice House for the exceptional care given to Windy at the end of his life journey.


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Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Friday, April 11, 2008
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
St. Mark Lutheran Church
1115 Grand Avenue
West Des Moines, IA US 50265
Saturday, April 12, 2008
1:00 PM