John died on November 8, 2013 in Salt Lake. He was 88. Born in Smithfield, Ohio, in 1925 to Roscoe and Myrtle Shelton Hannahs, John grew up in Nelsonville. After graduating from high school he joined the Navy in 1943.
Following boot camp, John was assigned to Field Medical Training with the Marine Corps. He served with the Fifth Amphibious Corps attached to the Fourth Marine Division during the Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima campaigns.
After discharge from the service at the end of WWII, John graduated from Ohio University and Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Mass. He was ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church in January 1953. He served as a parish priest for several parishes in Wyoming and retired in 1987 after serving 16 years as chaplain at Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston.
During his theological studies he chose a mission field assignment in Montana. Thus began his love affair with the West.
While visiting a parishioner at the Deaconess Hospital in Billings, John was introduced to a student nurse, Alice Marie Carrington. They were married in July 1954.
John loved the life he lived in Wyoming. He was very active in the outdoors, hiking, bicycling, and x-country skiing. For 35 years, he spent a week backpacking in the Wind River Mountains with his buddies, the “Cheerful Charlies.”
In 2002, John and Alice moved to Salt Lake. Blessedly, though his memory faded, he remained good-natured and enjoyed the simple pleasures of a good cup of coffee, reading the Tribune, and singing. His children, as well as his church family at St. Paul’s, were very important to him.
He is survived by his wife, Alice, and three children: David Ross Hannahs (Kathy), Leah Hannahs White (Steve), and Karen Elizabeth. He also leaves three grandchildren and three nephews. His sisters, Dorothy Barber and Jean Craig, and his parents preceded him in death.
John was a whole body donor to the U of Utah. The family wishes to thank the following: staff at Emeritus Memory Care and director Jill Driesel Saridakis for their loving care of John; staff of Emeritus Skilled Nursing Unit; Carole Baraldi, M.D.; Miriam Beattie, DNP; and Dianna Hamilton, RN, Horizon Hospice for their professional and compassionate care during his last few days. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, PO Box 316, Evanston, WY 82931.