Robin (Rob) Daniel Hanke

April 26, 1972 ~ September 11, 2023 (age 51) 51 Years Old

Robin (Rob) Hanke Obituary

In Loving Memory of Robin (Rob) Daniel Hanke

April 26, 1972-September 11, 2023

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Rob Daniel Hanke on September 11, 2023. He leaves behind his wife, Lora Hanke, his children, Waylon Hanke, Katlyn Reber, and Issac Reber, his father Neel (Pawpaw) Hanke, his mother Barbara Woodworth Brown, his brother Randy (Danielle) Hanke, his sister Casey (Jerry) Deel, his father and mother-in-law, John and Sue Wieland, several nieces and nephews, many cousins, a goddaughter, Courtney Barcai, numerous friends and hunting buddies, and his sweet pup, Maggie. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Marshall and Loraine Woodworth and Earl and Cornelia Hanke.

Rob was part of the Oregon High School graduating class of 1990. He entered the workforce after graduation at Alpha Omega. Following his time there, he joined the Laborers’ Local 32 where he embarked on his lasting career at Northern Pipeline.  

While all who knew Rob recognized his incredible work effort, he was so much more. He was a neighbor, mentor, teacher, hunter, fisherman, sports fan, American patriot, and fierce friend. While never a Boy Scout, he was ALWAYS PREPARED. He always carried a knife in his pocket and was prepared to fix any problem or help a neighbor. There was no task he was unwilling to tackle. 

He shared his love of the outdoors with everyone he met, especially the younger generation. He taught many kids how to kayak the right way and float the “crick,” how to clean a fish, how to hunt, or how to ride bikes and ATV’s.  

Although Rob worked diligently, he also loved to play. He was a passionate fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Minnesota Vikings. He never got tired of throwing the biggest stick for Maggie to play fetch. Let’s not forget that no 4th of July party would have been complete without Rob blasting Neil Diamond tunes. He loved cranking up the music and hosting his friends at his home. He was a gracious and welcoming host to anyone he met. 

Perhaps though his proudest role was that of father. Whether he was driving around to countless wrestling matches, cheering for the kids from the stands, or spending time with them outdoors, he loved the role of being a dad. He was truly proud of the young adults they have become. 

As we mourn the loss of Rob, let us remember him for the love, warmth, and light he brought into our lives. His legacy lives on in the hearts of all those who loved him. Remember to carry forward his spirit of community, patriotism, and love for the outdoors.

Visitation will take place on Friday September 22, 2023 from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. in Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 764 North Stillman Road, Oregon, IL, 61061.  A prayer service and reflection will take place at 6:30 P.M.

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