Edward Eugene Hanley

November 5, 1931April 19, 2021

Edward "Ed" Eugene Hanley, age 89, of Indianapolis, passed away on April 19, 2021. He was born on November 5, 1931 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late George Leo and Margaret (DeCorrevant) Hanley. Upon graduation from St. Xavier High School, Edward enlisted in the U.S. Navy in which he served for 5 years. He married his bride, Ruth Ann Kuechly, on June 23, 1956 and he was stationed in Newfoundland, Canada at the Early Warning Air Base.

Ed worked as a salesman for many companies, including J & N Auto Electric. He also worked for several years for the federal government. Ed loved cooking and entertaining and owned a restaurant in Indianapolis called Lamplighter Inn. Ed was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church and the men's prayer group. He was involved in the choir at many different churches and he was also a member of the Orchid Society. Ed enjoyed packing up his car and taking whoever was willing to come along and drive west to Nebraska, Colorado, Oregon, California to visit family and friends. He was a proud father of 7 children. Ed will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Ed is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Ruth Ann Hanley; children: Katherine (Roger) Knutson, Jerome (Katie) Hanley, Teresa (James) Lesch, George Hanley and Martin (Jude) Hanley; grandchildren: Quentin Knutson; Andrew, Nicholas, Lanie and Joseph Hanley; Christopher, Daniel, Nicholas, Samuel, Cecilia, Michael and John Lesch; Rachel, Mark and Eric Hanley; and Bridgid and Mary Hanley; and 14 great grandchildren. Ed was preceded in death by his parents and his son Christopher Hanley and infant son Martin Hanley; and sister, Virginia Jansen.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 23, 2021 from 10:00am until 12:00pm at Christ the King Catholic Church, 5884 Crittenden Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220. A Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow at 12:00pm also at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made by mail to Little Sisters of the Poor, 2345 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260.


  • Little Sisters of the Poor


  • Visitation

    Friday, April 23, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, April 23, 2021



Edward Eugene Hanley

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Katy Harold

April 26, 2021

Dear Hanley family,

I was so very sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. Hanley. The whole Hanley family played such a big role in our lives, and I fondly remember get togethers at the Hanley house when we were kids. I can still hear Mr. Hanley's voice as he'd sit back to tell a story. Prayers for peace and grace for you all.


Katy Harold

Michael Ranft

April 24, 2021

Dear Hanley family
I am sorry to here of Ed's passing
Ed was a big influence on my life and for that I am blessed.
I loved "Big Ed" and I am so grateful that we were able to speak with each other recently.
God rest his soul and I pray for the entire Hanley family!
Michael Holmes Ranft
Homer Alaska

Mary Jansen

April 21, 2021

We send heartfelt love for Uncle Ed for all his kindness and stories and thoughtfulness over the years both in Cincinnati and on his Omaha Visits. We all treasured the time together.
Peace be with you.
Mary Jim Virginia and Theodore Jansen

Jennifer Jackson

April 21, 2021

Ruth, Teresa and family,
Ed always seemed happy to sit and watch all the children play at the many birthdays he attended . His eyes would twinkle and his laugh was musical. You could tell he was proud of all his grandchildren. Our thoughts an prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Roger Knutson

April 21, 2021

I offer my sympathy and condolences to all of his family and to those friends whose life he has touched an enriched. Ed was a treasure of love and wisdom for everyone. I am deeply saddened with his loss and extend my support and prayers during this difficult time.

I will remember Ed as a man who put his love of family above all else. He was a wise and caring person with a great sense of humor. I always enjoyed our talks. He helped Kathy and I on so many occasions with a smile and great conversation.

His grandson Quentin idolized him. The ritual weekly visit with grandparents aided in filling his great need for family support and love.

Bless him always and grant him eternal rest.

Kathy Lesch

April 20, 2021

Ruth Teresa and family, this is a beautiful picture of Ed! My memories of Ed are mainly of a sense of humor and a storyteller. He was a down to earth faithful lovable person in my opinion. My sympathy and sincere prayers are with all of you.