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Kenneth W. Hanck

December 6, 1942 November 28, 2019
Kenneth W. Hanck
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Kenneth William Hanck, age 76, of Black Lake, formerly of Cary and Apex, North Carolina, passed away on Thursday November 28, 2019 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He is survived by his wife of nearly 33 years, Jane (Reiger) Hanck of Black Lake; three children, Melissa (Brian) Kelsey of Holly Springs, NC, Terrance B. (Diana) Fitch of Cheboygan, and William Fitch of Raleigh, NC; grandchildren, Alec, Nathan, and Joshua Kelsey; and great grandson, Jackson Kelsey. Ken also leaves his brother, Gerold (Dottie) Hanck and sisters, Marcia (David) Hoover and Susan Hanck, all of Illinois, sister, Amber (Justin) Price of Tennessee; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence; mother, Norma Hanck Woosley; and step-father, Halbert Woosley.

Ken was born in Bloomington, Illinois and graduated from Normal Community High School in 1960 and Illinois State University in 1964. He went on to earn his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Illinois. He joined the chemistry faculty at North Carolina State University in 1969 as an Assistant Professor, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1974, and eventually attained the rank of Professor in 1978. His scholarly interests included electroanalytical chemistry and chemometrics. In addition to supervising research with graduate students at North Carolina State he developed research collaborations with chemists in Romania, Japan, and Australia. He was awarded a Senior Fulbright Scholarship to Australia in 1980 and spent 11 months engaged in collaborative research and teaching at most of the major universities in Australia.

Ken served as the acting head of the Department of Chemistry at North Carolina State from 1982 until 1983 and was the head of the department from 1984 until 1991. He later was appointed Interim Head of the Department of Chemistry on July 1, 2004 and served until June 30, 2005. Ken was appointed Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry at the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences in July of 2012. Passionate about teaching, research, and sharing his knowledge of chemistry, Ken had a long and distinguished career at North Carolina State.

A kind and loving man, Ken was dedicated to his family, to God, and his church. A member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Raleigh, North Carolina since 1969, Ken was President of the congregation, served on various committees and was on the Board of Elders, as well as serving as a communion assistant. His wife, children, and family were the joy of his life. He was loved and respected by his family, friends, and colleagues.

A memorial service will be held at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Onaway on Thursday December 5, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Pastor Trenton Wollberg will officiate. Ken’s final resting place will be at North Allis Township Cemetery. There will also be a service in Raleigh, NC at Our Savior Lutheran Church in June 2020. Please consider a donation in memory of Kenneth Hanck to Lutheran World Relief, PO Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21297 or at

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Memorial Service




11:00 AM 12/5/2019 11:00:00 AM
Holy Cross Lutheran Church

3786 Glasier Road
Onaway, MI 49765

Holy Cross Lutheran Church
3786 Glasier Road Onaway 49765 MI
United States

Cemetery Details


North Allis Township Cemetery Final Resting Place

2725 North M-211 Hwy.
Onaway, MI 49765

2725 North M-211 Hwy. Onaway 49765 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Lutheran World Relief

PO Box 17061
Baltimore, Maryland 21287

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