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Howard L. Hanson, 68, of the Town of Tonawanda, founder and owner of Hanco Industrial Sales in the Town of Tonawanda, died Wednesday (March 25, 1998) in Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Youngstown, Ohio, he attended Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, and General Motors Institute in Michigan before serving with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

After his discharge, he moved to Buffalo and joined the sales division of North American Refractories, servicing Bethlehem Steel Corp. in the purchase of refractory devices to build up the plant's coke operation.

Twenty years ago, he formed Hanco Industrial Sales and operated it until his death.

He was a member of United Methodist Church in Kenmore and served as a coach of youth hockey in the Town of Tonawanda for many years.

His wife, Dorothy, died in November.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Tornquist of the Town of Tonawanda and ShariStahl of Amherst; a son, Greg(cq) of Lewiston; a brother, Richard of Warren, Ohio; and four grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Harry A. Wedekindt Funeral Home, 280 Grover Cleveland Highway, Eggertsville. Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.


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