Fred Marion Hann

January 29, 1938June 10, 2014
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HANN, FRED M. Fred M. Hann, born January 29, 1938, died June 10, 2014 in Antelope Valley Hospital following a lengthy illness due to a massive stroke in December 2013. Fred was known throughout the community to co-workers and his many friends as a God-fearing man of integrity and genuine concern for his family, friends and community. He was born in Gary, Indiana to parents Mabel and Ralph Hann, the youngest of eight children. He had great stories to tell of his five older sisters, and one older brother, making Fred 'the darling baby boy' of the family. The Hanns left Indiana for California and a healthier climate for his mother in 1949, and to the Antelope Valley to become chicken ranchers in 1952. Fred entered A. V. High School as a freshman in 1952, and after graduation four years later, joined the work force following his attendance at A. V. College. Fred became a Deputy Sheriff, but nine months later he followed his true calling as a firefighter-paramedic where he served with true joy in his chosen profession at Fire Station 33 until his retirement from his final duties as a Fire Prevention Inspector. A good part of his career included his duties as an advisory and guardian firefighter on movie sets during filming on locations throughout the Antelope Valley and environs. This frequently included getting up at 3 or 4 a.m. to be at the weird desert movie locations and be on the set when filming began. He truly loved this work, and throughout the many years he did this, met most of the stars and superstars, and collected their photographs personally autographed to Fred. Fred worked on the committee to incorporate Lancaster, and when the city was finally established in 1977, he ran for a seat on the City Council as 'Freddie the Friendly Firefighter.' He was the second highest vote-getter, next to his very good friend Stan Kleiner who came in first and became the City's first mayor. Fred was Lancaster's Mayor from 1980-1981 and 1986-1987. Fred served his community in many capacities. Raising his children, Fred was active in the Boy Scouts, Little League and Bobby Sox softball. He was a deacon in Faith Bible Church and also could often be found on a ladder doing necessary repairs or helping with grounds upkeep. Civically he was a member of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, the Western Hotel Society, the Lancaster Beautiful Committee, the Aero Museum, and High Desert Civilian/Military Affairs Council to name but a few. Fred served on the Lancaster City Councils that formed and funded the Lancaster Performing Arts Center and the Lancaster Museum and Art Gallery. He was very proud to have helped build the Olympic-sized swimming pool at the then Eastside Park. Most recently he joined the efforts to form a Rural Historical Museum on the Fairgrounds. His favorite most recent endeavor was establishing the old Route 6 as an historical route and served as its Executive Director of Southern California. Fred is survived by Betty, his wife of 40 years; two sisters, Joy Ramsey of Yuba City, Calif., and Marjorie Hutchins of Lake Worth, Fla.; children, Gregory Hann, Brian Hann, Jennifer Hesselgesser, Amy Zezulka-Hann; stepsons, Gregory and Darren Penfield; two loving daugthters-in-law, Kim and Kelly; ten grandchildren, Velva Foster, Weston Penfield, Tyler Penfield, Elizabeth Zezulka, Marianne Zezulka, Alex Hann, Jessica Penfield, Justin Penfield, and twin granddaughters, Amy and Christina Hesselgesser. Viewing will be held from 3 to 8 pm, Thursday, June 19, 2014 at Joshua Memorial Park. Services will be held at 11 am, Friday, June 20, 2014 at Lancaster Baptist Church on 40th Street East, with the L.A. County Fire Dept. and Pastor Paul Dennis officiating. In lieu of floral tributes a contribution can be made in Fred's name to: Alicia Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, 2501 W. Burbank Blvd., Ste. 201, Burbank, CA 91505 818-249-2230.

Arrangements under the direction of Joshua Memorial Park Mortuary, Lancaster, CA.


  • Visitation Thursday, June 19, 2014
  • Funeral Friday, June 20, 2014

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Darren Penfield

June 25, 2014

If I had to sum up what Fred was all about it was following God and helping his fellow man. I will leave his relationship with God with the Lord. As for helping others he was a policeman, fireman, paramedic, council person - positions of helping others. He was constantly helping out at Faith Bible, friends and family and even helped build a homeless shelter. To me the meaning to life is following God and helping others and Fred inspired me to go in that direction.

Cheryl Tanner-Stephens

June 23, 2014

My Dearest Cousin and Fred have always been close in heart although far in distance. Fred was always such a good sport about us 'Tanner Girls' teasing him and had a smile that was brighter than a sunset. We always looked forward to our family reunions and spending time with both of you. I am so sorry for your loss, it will be a loss felt by all who knew and loved our dear Fred. Love Always,

Susie Castle (Hayes)

June 21, 2014

Dear Betty, I am so sorry to hear about Fred. I have thought about you two often and wondered if you where still in Lancaster. I'm amazed at all the wonderful things Fred was involved in. I pray God gives you comfort in this time.

Richard & Joyce Cox

June 20, 2014

We always looked to you and Fred as role models for good citizenship. Our best to you.

Marty Blinde

June 19, 2014

Remembering the packed birthday celebration we attended so know that he will be missed. Such a nice guy. Our deepest sympathy to Betty and his family.

Judy (Morgan) Hamm

June 19, 2014

Our family knew the Hann's from when Fred was still in the Fire Dept. (my father was Pat Morgan) in Lancaster, CA. Fred was looked up to in the community. We will be praying for this tremendous loss to his family. God bless you all.

Nelsena Sere Hann

June 18, 2014

Our deepest sympathy to family and friends of "Uncle Fred." We love you and will miss you forever, Uncle Fred.
Love, Sister-in-law Nelsena Sere Hann and nieces Audrey Lois Hann and Treva Mae Hann-Hollis

Audrey Lois Hann

June 18, 2014

My heart is broken about Uncle Fred's passing. While I realize that he is with our Lord and Savior now, it still leaves a deep hole in the many hearts of all of us who deeply loved and admired him. My deepest sympathy is with the family of Uncle Fred. For those of you reading this who don't know me, I am one of his many nieces, the daughter of his only brother, my late father Charles Edwin Hann. I thank God every day that my parents made it a regular ritual in our childhood (my four siblings and myself) to make the drive from Lakewood to Lancaster to visit and spend time with my Granny and Grandpa (Uncle Fred's parents) and my Uncle Fred and his four children, my amazing cousins. We had so much fun with all of them, many bible readings, trips to the park and to church and many other very fun outings. My Dad and my Uncle Fred instilled in me a love for classic cars. Uncle Fred, along with my Dad, had the coolest cars around. My Uncle Fred was a vibrant, life-loving, God-loving, extremely funny, intelligent, amazing man. Anyone who had the distinct pleasure and honor of knowing him is blessed beyond measure by God Himself. I have so many treasured memories of my Uncle Fred that I could fill a book telling my stories so let me just close with saying, "Uncle Fred, you will be badly missed on Earth by those of us who are left behind until God calls us home to join you. Earth weeps but Heaven rejoices." Forever in my heart, I love you. Your niece, Audrey Lois Hann

June 17, 2014

How dear was our baby brother

Mansy was what your were called.

We loved to show you off to our friends

You were our baby doll.

We have many memories of the years of your youth

You kept involved and had busy days

You had projects and interests in many things

You are talented in so many ways.

You were always eager to earn some bucks

Such as paper routes and box boy to name a few

Your projects in FFA you also enjoyed

You take pride in all that you do.

You were always Mom's dear baby

Ever since I can recall

Seldom has a mother ever loved so much

In her eyes you were 10 feet tall.

You were a loving and dutiful son

To dear mom and father, too.

And a brother so fine and honest and good

We'll ever be grateful to you.

God knew mom and dad needed

a child who would care and be kind.

He plans all things wisely

His plan had you in His mind.

And to think you became a mayor,

How we loved to brag about that!

Mom lived to see it all happen

Dad would have been the proudest yet.

Your civic pride for Lancaster

Your wanting to do all that you can

Keeps you willing to serve your city

By continuing to be a councilman.

You are special to us all, dear brother

We wouldn't trade you for silver or gold

May God richly bless you in all that you do

To us, you will never grow old.

Written January 29, 1986.......Lola Joy Ramsey, loving sister

Liz Zezulka

June 16, 2014