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Lewis Cecil Hankinson, 79, died Jan. 4, 2008, in Anchorage.
His family wrote that he "went to his eternal home."
A visitation will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, with a service at 2:30 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Strawberry Chapel.
Lewis was born Feb. 18, 1928, in Naches, Wash., to Dana Masterman and Lewis Frances Hankinson. He graduated from school in Selah, Wash. He became a member of the LDS Church on Feb. 2, 1952. Lewis served in the National Guard, and after his release he returned to Selah.
"There he met his eternal companion, Margaret Janice Ransier, commonly known as his Princess," his family wrote. "He claims she proposed to him and they were married on Valentine's Day in 1964 in Yakima, Wash. Their marriage was solemnized on April 7, 1967, in the Salt Lake Temple.
"Lewis and Jan adopted their beautiful daughter, Mary, in Yakima, Wash., and moved to Anchorage in August 1969. Lewis cooked all over Alaska, on the oil rigs in camps and Dutch Harbor. Besides cooking, he had many ambitions and talents, many titles. He was a missionary for the LDS Church and a high priest in the church. He loved working in the LDS Temple. He was a son, brother, husband, father, grandpa, uncle and mentor to many. He did not know a stranger, he was a poet and had shared many of his poems with others. Lewis was also known as the 'Salsa Man.'
"While living in Anchorage he and Jan adopted four boys. Their family was known as the family of United Nations, since the children were of different nationalities."
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jan; sons, Kevin, Mark, Damon, Jason and wife Joyce; daughter, Mary Rowland and husband Kelly; 14 grandchildren; sisters, Marilee Lund and Cheryl Hankinson; brothers, Ted, Vernon and Gary Hankinson; and mother-in-law, Margaret Ransier.
He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Emerson Ransier.
Arrangements are with Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary & Crematory
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