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Dallas Ralph Hanna

August 14, 1938November 16, 2020

Colonel Dallas Ralph Hanna (Ret.) was born August 14, 1938 in Salem, Ohio to parents Dallas Jay and Mary Narcissa (Collins) Hanna. He graduated from Salem High School, Class of '56, and went on to get his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University. He received his Master's degree from Central Michigan University and was a graduate of Air War College.

Ralph was a highly decorated career Fighter Pilot in the United States Air Force. He was involved in both the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War and held two FIS command positions, retiring as a Colonel. Throughout his career, he flew the F-102, the F-4, the F-15, the F-106 and the T-33 but one of his favorites was the A-1 Skyraider.

Vietnam was his last chance to fly that prop airplane like they flew in WWII. That was the type of plane he 'practiced' on at Uncle Byron's farm as a boy. The Air Force used the A-1 to rescue downed aircrews by escorting the helicopter and providing divesting firepower at the same time to control the battlefield until the shoulder fire came along. Flying that plane, Ralph became part of the biggest rescue mission in the Vietnam War.

He was stationed everywhere from Goose Bay, Labrador to Colorado Springs, Colorado to Keflavik, Iceland. He met Lou, the love of his life, while stationed at Castle Air Force Base in California. They carried on a courtship between Denver and California and were married at the mid-point of his Southeast Asia tour, but that's another story...

Ralph is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Lou; his two daughters, Nikki and Jenny; his son-in-law, Glen; and his two granddaughters, Hanna and Marissa.

The family apologizes, but due to COVID-19 all services have been canceled at this time.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the American Cancer Society.

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Bettie Grose

November 20, 2020

Dear Lou and family
We were saddened to learn of Ralph's passing. Our prayers and sympathy to you.

Bettie & Bob Grose, T'Bird Club

JOHN CARROLL

November 19, 2020

RALPH AND I WERE IN THE SAME FLIGHT DURING PRIMARY PILOT TRAINING IN BAINBRIDGE, GA AND WERE ROOMMATES DURING FIGHTER INTERCEPTOR SCHOOL AT PERRIN AFB, TX. FROM 1960-1962 WE SHARED MANY GOOD TIMES TOGETHER. HE WAS A WONDERFUL PERSON. I WAS LUCKY TO KNOW HIM AND HAVE HIM AS A FRIEND.

LOU, YOU WERE VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE SUCH A GOOD MAN FOR 50 YEARS. HE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL OF US.

Susan Miller

November 18, 2020

We will miss this wonderful man in our community. He was such a positive presence to all who knew him. My deepest sympathy to the family. Susan Miller

Timothy Peter

November 18, 2020

Col. Hanna was my very first Commander in the USAF (5 FIS, Minot AFB). He was extremely influencing to a young Airman like me. May his light continue to shine on you and your family. God Bless.

Timothy L. Peter, MSgt (Ret.) USAF

Judy Hensley

November 17, 2020

My thoughts and love are with you and your beautiful family.Thank you for sharing Ralph with us.

Rita Joseph O’Leary

November 17, 2020

My deepest sympathy. I was so sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing...fellow classmate from Salem. May he Rest In Peace. He was well liked by his classmates and will be missed.

Please accept my deepest condolences. God Bless.

Rita

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