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Vincent Hanrahan

Posted February 12, 2013 in Des Moines West, Obituaries, Downtown

April 30, 1924 – February 10, 2013

Vince Hanrahan

Vince Hanrahan

Vincent Martin Hanrahan, 88, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2013. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 15, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church with burial to follow at Glendale Cemetery.

Vince was born April 30, 1924, in Des Moines to John J. and Margaret Irene Hanrahan. He lived in Des Moines all his life and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1942.

Following high school Vince entered the armed services and became a heavy bomber pilot. He served with the 450th Bomb Group, flying missions in a B-24 Liberator deep into Germany. In April of 1945 he was shot down over Bremmer Pass and crash landed in Switzerland. He was held prisoner by the Swiss until the end of the war in Europe.

After the war ended he transferred to the Air Force Reserve and flew as a pilot until he became commander of an Air Force JAG unit stationed in Des Moines. He later was appointed group administrative officer of the Air Recovery Group headquartered in Des Moines. He attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and after 30 years of service was transferred to the Retired Reserve. He retained his close association with the Air Force and enjoyed frequent trips to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.

Following graduation from Drake University Law School in 1950 Vince entered private law practice in Des Moines. In the early 1950’s he served for four years as an assistant county attorney under the late Clyde E. Herring. In 1966 he returned to the county attorney’s office as first assistant county attorney under the late Ray Fenton. He served in that position until 1976 when he was appointed as a judge in the Polk County district court. He remained on the bench for twenty years, retiring in 1996.

Vince married Joan Frances Dwight on August 21, 1948. He is preceded in death by his wife, his parents, and brothers Judge Ray Hanrahan and John Hanrahan. He is survived by his children, Vincent Hanrahan, Cathleen Dickes (Bruce), John Hanrahan (Yvonne) and Cynthia Raife (James) nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Virginia Kinney of West Des Moines and Rosemary Leahy of Olathe, Kansas.

Vince was a member of the Iowa Judges Association, Iowa State and Polk County Bar Associations, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Officers Association of America, Reserve Officers Association of the United States, Air Force Association, 15th Air Force Association and The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.

The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday at Iles Funeral Homes-Westover Chapel where a Vigil Service will be held at 7 p.m. Vincent Hanrahan was a long-time member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church Parish. Memorials may be made to his church. Online condolences will be welcomed at Iles


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50322

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