December 4, 2007
Paul Eugene Hanna
Paul Eugene Hanna passed away at age 84 on December 4, 2007 under the care of Hospice at Midland Memorial Hospital. Paul was born on April 29, 1923 in Coffeyville, Kansas. His parents were Soloman Everett Hanna and Lourine Landsdown Hanna. He graduated from Coffeyville High School where he met and later married Paula Nadine Edmundson. Paula preceded him in death on September 22, 1982. He also had 3 brothers James, Sol and Lewis Hanna who preceded him in death.
Paul was attending Coffeyville Junior College on December 7, 1941 when war with Japan was declared. He tried to enlist but was declared 4-F so he enrolled in Aircraft Sheet Metal Class in order to learn a trade to help with the war effort. After completing that training; he was given a job at Coffeyville Army Air Corps Flight Training School for Aircraft Cadets. He moved up to Sheet Metal Inspector for the Civil Service of Coffeyville's 20th Sub Depot and started inspecting Aircraft Maintenance procedures while saving money for the surgery needed to remove him from 4-F to 1-A status. Three months later on September 09, 1943, he was drafted into the Army Air Corp. He went to Gunnery School before being shipped out in January 1945. He was stationed at Grafton Underwood, England with the 8th Air Force 546 Bomb Squadron, 384th Bomber Group. He flew 23 missions over Germany and France and received his discharge at Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas.
After his discharge, he enrolled in the University of Oklahoma and joined the Oklahoma National Guard which was called for active duty during the Korean Conflict as well. He was able to remain in Oklahoma University until after he graduated, where he earned a degree in Business Management. He was discharged from the Federalized National Guard in 1951.
Upon graduation, he was employed by Phillips Petroleum Company in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in the Land Division. In 1956, he was transferred to Midland, Texas as a Certified Petroleum Landman in the Midland office and later moved to the Odessa office. He was elected President of the PBLA from 1969-1970. He retired from Phillips Petroleum in September, 1981 and later worked for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation until his retirement on June 30, 1986.
He married Ethel J. Lynn Hanna (Jackie) on June 21, 1986 and gained three children and eight grandchildren. He is survived by one brother D.G. Hanna of Coffeyville, Kansas, one sister, Letoa Jaggers, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, one half-brother, Dale Morris, of Green Rivers Wyoming, numerous nieces and nephews, three step-children, Larry Lynn and his wife, Neala, of Smithville, Texas, Linda and Phil Hollabaugh of Wichita Falls, Texas, Terri and Paul Haden, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Paul was buried in Caney, Kansas on December 6, 2007 at 3:30 p.m. A memorial celebrating his life was held at the First Christian Church in Midland, Texas at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2007. The family wishes to thank Dr. Steven Brown, the staff and nurses of Hospice, especially Jesus and Pam Rodriguez, for their special care and compassion.
The family has asked that memorials be made to Midland College. If you wish to make an online gift in his memory, visit Give a Gift or, you may mail your memorial to:
MIDLAND COLLEGE FOUNDATION, INC.
3600 N. GARFIELD · MIDLAND, TX 79705