Ross Byron Hanks, Jr.

 Ross Byron Hanks, Jr.

October 22, 1938 – November 10, 2022 

Ross, 84, was a beloved son, brother, uncle, a true gentleman and a refined outdoorsman.    Ross served as a surrogate grandfather to his great niece and nephews.  Ross enjoyed knives, nautical items, automobiles, all-things Celtic, Scottish plaid, as well as reading and knot tying.  Ross was quiet, contemplative, and polite.  Ross shared his passions and skills as a long-time volunteer for the Boy Scouts.  Ross also loved diet Coke, Snickers bars, #2 pencils, gadgets and puzzles!

Ross was born in Blair, Nebraska to Dorothy McQueen Gulliver and Ross Byron Hanks, Sr.

Ross graduated from Wichita East High School, attended classes at Wichita State University, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State Teachers College. A life-long resident of Wichita, Ross was a self-taught engineer who worked for many years as a draftsman for Kice Industries. Ross moved to Omaha in 2016 to be closer to family.

Ross was preceded in death by his parents; Ross and Dorothy Hanks; and brother-in-law, Robert E. Meeker.

Ross is survived by sister, Nancy Hanks Meeker, nephew; Robert B. Meeker (Pat), niece; S. Jeanne Meeker Daharsh (Frank), great niece and nephews; Chelsea Potter (Jairin), Josh Meeker (Clare), and Chris Daharsh, and four great-great nieces and nephews, all of Omaha.

SERVICES: Sunday, November 20th at 1:30 in the Grand Hall at Lakeside Village, 17475 Frances Street, Omaha.  Refreshments and fellowship immediately following the service.

Interment:  At a later date, Kechi Township Cemetery, Park City, Kansas.

Honorary Pallbearers:  Bob Meeker, Frank Daharsh, Josh Meeker, Chris Daharsh

Memorials:  To be directed by the family to assist individuals with hearing impairments.


  • Carol Sorensen Posted November 15, 2022 1:53 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Connie & Rick Fitzgerald Posted November 15, 2022 3:59 pm

    Sad to hear of Ross’s passing. He lived a long life. He was a gentle, kind, quite man. We are keeping all of his family in our thoughts & prayers.

  • Bruce Gulliver Posted November 18, 2022 8:05 pm

    Ross was a quiet man but enjoyed being in conversations when conditions allowed. He had a terrific and dry sense of humor that we all enjoyed. Ross was committed to our family and always in attendance at our events. I am proud to be his cousin and will miss seeing his smile and sharing family history.

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