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OBITUARY

John Theodore Hanagan

November 30, 1937July 17, 2020
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John Theodore Hanagan, devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, departed for the Kingdom of Heaven on Friday, July 17, 2020. He was 82 years old.

John was born on Nov. 30, 1937, in McLeansboro, Ill., the fourth of seven children of John Michael and Emma Belva Hanagan. He attended Enfield High School, and was valedictorian of his graduating class.

1957 was a big year for John: He met his future wife, Alice Koester, at a CYO dance in southern Illinois, and he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He attended basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and was stationed at Fort Huachuca in Arizona. It was during his two years in the Army that John learned about and studied computer programming.

He and Alice dated for five years before he proposed; they were united in marriage on Nov. 12, 1962, at St. Joseph's Church in Ridgway, Ill. John didn’t find out until a few years later that Alice “was just about to dump me [before he proposed] because I wasn’t getting serious in our relationship.”

John and Alice moved to Indianapolis in 1967 to raise their growing family. From their happy union, they were blessed with four children to fill their home: Sally, Ted, Tom and Tina.

John took a job with Western Electric AT&T in Indianapolis. "I earned an accounting degree and worked in banking operations at the beginning of this new technology boom," John said. "I later worked for [American Fletcher National Bank] in their credit card division for many years and continued that work until I retired at the age of 60 from Bank One, where I worked for the last 30 years of my employment life.”

John was a devout Catholic, and a longtime member at St. Luke Catholic Church in Indianapolis.

Throughout his life, John gave of himself as a volunteer. He was particularly proud of his work for Right to Life of Indianapolis, spending countless hours praying for the unborn, and comforting and counseling their families. John was active in sidewalk counseling with Truth and Compassion Ministries. In 2007, John was recognized with the Charles E. Stimming Sr. Pro-life Award from Right to Life Indianapolis, for distinguished pro-life volunteer service, at the the 25th annual “Celebrate Life” dinner at the Indiana Convention ¬Center.

“It’s a joy working with John,” Joan Byrum, then-president of Right to Life of Indianapolis, said at the event. “He’s so committed to the Lord. That’s why each and every one of us is here tonight. We’re here for the honor and glory of God … and I cannot thank you enough.”

John volunteered with St. Vincent De Paul for nearly 45 years, having started when he made home visits for St. Luke’s and St. Rita’s parishes. He was a Stephen Minister and also worked with terminally ill patients at St. Vincent Hospice.

Somehow, he also found time to hold court at large family gatherings and dinners, where he always had an appetite for second helpings and card games. Many events wrapped up around the kitchen table with late-evening games of Euchre or Hand and Foot. Though John would never brag, he won seemingly all of the time, and every victory came with his surprised expression and a gasp, as though he himself was surprised by another victory.

His winnings are documented in several Hanagan Family Record Books, in which game scores were recorded over the years — a virtual guest book and timetable of many gatherings.

Each year, the family would congregate for visits and hikes at area parks and recreation areas, culminating in the (usually) annual Hanagan Family Camp-In at Brown County State Park. This was a great joy for John, who delighted in having family time, games, food and Mass at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Nashville, Ind.

This year, the family celebrated the 20th Hanagan Family Camp-In on Father’s Day, in John’s own backyard.

He spent his remaining weeks receiving in-home hospice care, which allowed his family to be with him in his final moments.

John is survived by Alice Hanagan, his wife of 57 years.

Also grateful to have shared his life are his four children and their spouses: Sally Hamlin (Paul) of Indianapolis, Ind.; Theodore Hanagan (Lisa) of Libertyville, Ill.; Thomas Hanagan (Tiffini) of Avon, Ind.; and Christina Hanagan (J.J. Perry) of Detroit Lakes, Minn.

John’s legacy includes 10 grandchildren: Katy Hamlin; Stephanie, Rebekah, Deborah and Christopher Hanagan; and Riley, Isaac, Eva, Lukas and Y.J. Hanagan.

He also leaves behind his siblings -- Vincent Hanagan, Ann Smith and Judy Belva -- and his extended family and friends, all of whom were fortunate to have known him.

John was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Mary Lassen, Joseph Hanagan and Shirley Hanagan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at St. Luke Catholic Church in Indianapolis. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at Leppert Mortuary- Nora Chapel. Interment will be at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery in Indianapolis. Leppert Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. www.leppertmortuary.com.

Contributions in John's memory may be made to Right to Life of Indianapolis, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and Truth and Compassion Ministries.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020

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  • Interment

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020

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Roger Tennyson

July 30, 2020

John was a spiritual inspiration in my life. Few have the wealth of joy and love like John.

Laura Dossman

July 26, 2020

May your soul enjoy eternal rest in the presence of God. Amen!

Fr. Mauro Rodas

July 24, 2020

It is already 30 years or more when I met John.
He was adorned by a peaceful smile every day, every time I saw him.
It was the smile of a committed servant of Jesus in His Kingdom.
He totally understood : if you love God, proved it through your mortal life loving your neighbor, offering a helping hand to that neighbor when a need is present.
John lived: "I teach and preach the Gospel, freely given".
His love and caring for his family, for the civil and religious communities, for his friends was open and obvious, all of it has been for us a powerful and wordless invitation to "Follow Me".
He was the kind of soil where "the seed" has produced 100% of abundant fruit.
John's legacy? He tells us: " Christ is counting on you", do not forget to put into action your faith, hope and love but out of these three "The greatest is love.
Love never fails"
I could describe John using St. Paul's words: John was patient, kind, he was not jealous, John did not put on airs, he was not snobbish. John was never rude, self-seeking. He never rejoiced in what is wrong but John rejoiced with the truth".
A Good Shepherd is gone.
My prayers for his eternal rest and peace in his wife and family's hearts.
Where you are now John, we want to be, intercede for us with Jesus before the Father. We count on you.

Mark Hosbein

July 23, 2020

I knew John for many years. I remember seeing him every day at the 12:00 noon Mass at St. Mary Church. He was so kind and easy to talk to. I also spent much time with John at the abortion clinics. He had such a kind, gentle approach. You couldn't help but love John whether you were pro-life or pro-choice!

Julie Simpkiss

July 22, 2020

Just watched the Mass for John. What a wonderful idea for those who wish they could have attended. Great tribute for a great man...rest in peace John.

Byron DeCapua

July 22, 2020

John & Alice have been our spiritual friends for years and always strengthened our faith in Jesus. May his legacy live on in our hearts.
AMEN

Judy Harkness

July 22, 2020

Thank you, John, for your devotion to our parish. You and Alice were a great team. John, your kindness was always appreciated. You are in God's hands now. Alice and family, I know your loss is a tremendous one. You are loved. May God give you comfort.

Cathy Huesing Clark

July 21, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband and father. My family and I were neighbors when the neighborhood was new. I remember the many Thanksgivings we shared at each other's homes, alternating each year. When I was a little older, I babysat Sally, Ted, Tom, and Christina. You are a wonderful family and we are lucky to have known you though our lives have diverged to different places. Lots of love from Colorado (where my own family, sisters, and mother now live). John was a kind and thoughtful man--you were fortunate to have him.

Sonia-Maria Szymanski

July 21, 2020

I met John when we first moved here from Canada. I had started volunteering at Right to Life of Indianapolis and heard of John Hanagan. We finally met during one of his many sidewalk counseling time slots. Him and I actually helped out - actually, I learned so much from John - at various abortion facilities in the city. One day, outside of an abortion facility, we heard what we believed to be gun shots. I got scared and John said with a smile: "No worries, we will die martyrs." John just had such faith and hope in good. He always served with a smile when he was sidewalk counseling and when it was cold, he would take off and run for a bit to warm-up. He had such energy. He was a great man that I felt privileged to know. I know he will be missed by many. We last saw him at St. Luke's and introduced him to our children and, despite the oxygen mask, he was still the same John. Always smiling and always willing to serve. Thank you John for all that you have given to this world. Know we keep you all in prayer during this time of grief. Konrad and Sonia-Maria Szymanski

Lauren Andrews

July 20, 2020

John was one of the kindest, gentlest, holiest people I have ever met. I was blessed to work with him at Right to Life of Indianapolis, where he of course volunteered so many hours of his time. He and Alice have lived truly inspiring lives, and I am so grateful for their influence in my life.

John was a true hero, one of the beautiful unsung heroes who gave so much of his life with so little recognition. He radiated with the love, joy and peace of Our Lord. He is a Saint, if I ever knew one.

My condolences to all of his family, especially to his love, Alice. John will be missed greatly, but I have no doubt he is already busy interceding for so many of us.

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Biography

John Theodore Hanagan, devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, departed for the Kingdom of Heaven on Friday, July 17, 2020. He was 82 years old.

John was born on Nov. 30, 1937, in McLeansboro, Ill., the fourth of seven children of John Michael and Emma Belva Hanagan. He attended Enfield High School, and was valedictorian of his graduating class.

1957 was a big year for John: He met his future wife, Alice Koester, at a CYO dance in southern Illinois, and he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He attended basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and was stationed at Fort Huachuca in Arizona. It was during his two years in the Army that John learned about and studied computer programming.

He and Alice dated for five years before he proposed; they were united in marriage on Nov. 12, 1962, at St. Joseph's Church in Ridgway, Ill. John didn’t find out until a few years later that Alice “was just about to dump me [before he proposed] because I wasn’t getting serious in our relationship.”

John and Alice moved to Indianapolis in 1967 to raise their growing family. From their happy union, they were blessed with four children to fill their home: Sally, Ted, Tom and Tina.

John took a job with Western Electric AT&T in Indianapolis. "I earned an accounting degree and worked in banking operations at the beginning of this new technology boom," John said. "I later worked for [American Fletcher National Bank] in their credit card division for many years and continued that work until I retired at the age of 60 from Bank One, where I worked for the last 30 years of my employment life.”

John was a devout Catholic, and a longtime member at St. Luke Catholic Church in Indianapolis.

Throughout his life, John gave of himself as a volunteer. He was particularly proud of his work for Right to Life of Indianapolis, spending countless hours praying for the unborn, and comforting and counseling their families. John was active in sidewalk counseling with Truth and Compassion Ministries. In 2007, John was recognized with the Charles E. Stimming Sr. Pro-life Award from Right to Life Indianapolis, for distinguished pro-life volunteer service, at the the 25th annual “Celebrate Life” dinner at the Indiana Convention ¬Center.

“It’s a joy working with John,” Joan Byrum, then-president of Right to Life of Indianapolis, said at the event. “He’s so committed to the Lord. That’s why each and every one of us is here tonight. We’re here for the honor and glory of God … and I cannot thank you enough.”

John volunteered with St. Vincent De Paul for nearly 45 years, having started when he made home visits for St. Luke’s and St. Rita’s parishes. He was a Stephen Minister and also worked with terminally ill patients at St. Vincent Hospice.

Somehow, he also found time to hold court at large family gatherings and dinners, where he always had an appetite for second helpings and card games. Many events wrapped up around the kitchen table with late-evening games of Euchre or Hand and Foot. Though John would never brag, he won seemingly all of the time, and every victory came with his surprised expression and a gasp, as though he himself was surprised by another victory.

His winnings are documented in several Hanagan Family Record Books, in which game scores were recorded over the years — a virtual guest book and timetable of many gatherings.

Each year, the family would congregate for visits and hikes at area parks and recreation areas, culminating in the (usually) annual Hanagan Family Camp-In at Brown County State Park. This was a great joy for John, who delighted in having family time, games, food and Mass at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Nashville, Ind.

This year, the family celebrated the 20th Hanagan Family Camp-In on Father’s Day, in John’s own backyard.

He spent his remaining weeks receiving in-home hospice care, which allowed his family to be with him in his final moments.

John is survived by Alice Hanagan, his wife of 57 years.

Also grateful to have shared his life are his four children and their spouses: Sally Hamlin (Paul) of Indianapolis, Ind.; Theodore Hanagan (Lisa) of Libertyville, Ill.; Thomas Hanagan (Tiffini) of Avon, Ind.; and Christina Hanagan (J.J. Perry) of Detroit Lakes, Minn.

John’s legacy includes 10 grandchildren: Katy Hamlin; Stephanie, Rebekah, Deborah and Christopher Hanagan; and Riley, Isaac, Eva, Lukas and Y.J. Hanagan.

He also leaves behind his siblings -- Vincent Hanagan, Ann Smith and Judy Belva -- and his extended family and friends, all of whom were fortunate to have known him.

John was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Mary Lassen, Joseph Hanagan and Shirley Hanagan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at St. Luke Catholic Church in Indianapolis. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at Leppert Mortuary- Nora Chapel. Interment will be at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery in Indianapolis. Leppert Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. www.leppertmortuary.com.

Contributions in John's memory may be made to Right to Life of Indianapolis, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and Truth and Compassion Ministries.

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