A Mass of Christian Burial for Henry Francis “Hank” Gagnon, 88, Lawrence will be held at 9:00 a.m. Monday, August 26, 2013 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Burial will be held at at 4:00 p.m. the same day at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Zurich, KS. He died Thursday, August 22, 2013 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Henry was born January 28, 1925 in Zurich, KS the son of Francis D. and Edwidge (Hamel) Gagnon.
He served his country in the US Army during WWII. Henry was involved in the family business, FD and Hank Service Station with his father until 1958. He then became a USPS Rural Mail Carrier until retirement in February 1994 after 36 years of service.
Henry was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Zurich, KS, Knights of Columbus in Plainville and Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence.
He married Norma Irene Joy on May 21, 1951 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Zurich, KS. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include two daughters, Jill Pruitt and husband, John, Houston, TX and Heidi Gowen, Lawrence; daughter-in-law, Sharon Gagnon, Wichita, KS; three sisters, Margaret McKibben, Denver, CO, Annette Roberts, Westminster, CO, Shelia Jenkins, Westminster, CO; one brother, Ralph Gagnon, Leawood, KS; nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, Stephen Gagnon in 1998 and Michael Gagnon in 1992; son-in-law, Dale Gowen; one sister, Doris Landry and two brothers, Robert Gagnon, and Bro. Daniel Gagnon.
A parish rosary will be recited at 5:00 p.m. with a visitation to follow until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.
The family suggests memorials in his name to Corpus Christi Catholic Church and may be sent in care of the mortuary.
Dear Heidi and Family my thoughts and paryers our with all family in this time sorrow.
Dear Gagnon family,
We saw in the paper(Hays Daily News) that Henry had passed. We would like to extent our condolences to your family and let you know that we will keep your family in our prayers.
To the family of Henry Gagnon,
I am so sorry to hear of Henry’s passing. I have thought of Henry and Norma several times, especially if the name KU or Jayhawks were mentioned. I have very fond memories of working with Hank at the Ellis Post Office. I don’t know that he ever missed a day of work other than vacation time. Henry was a true gentleman and I consider myself blessed to call him a friend. Norma, I hope you are doing well and know that you are in my prayers. I pray that God sends his angels to surround you and comfort you.
To Norma & Family;
We are so sorry for your loss. Norma, we remember meeting you when Josh’s mom (Kyle Parson)and you worked together at the Plainville Times in Plainville, KS. May you have God’s peace and comfort during this hard time.
In Christ’s Love,
Josh & Katie Parson