Elta Jean Hancock, 76, of Defiance, loving mother and grandmother, passed away on Saturday, September 29, 2012, at the Promedica Defiance Regional Hospital, Defiance, Ohio.
She was born on July 9, 1936, to Reid "Dutch" and Juanita (Breckheisen) Ream at Defiance, Ohio. Elta worked for Dinner Bell Foods, Defiance, retiring in 1990. On June 21, 1957, she married Hubert S. Hancock, who survives. She was a member of VFW Post 3360, AMVETS Post 1991 Auxiliary and Noble Township Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.
Elta is survived by her loving spouse, Hubert S. Hancock of Defiance; four sons, Ried B. "Tyke" (Ruth) Hancock of Leipsic, Ohio, Loren (Nancy) Hancock of Paulding, Ohio, Gerald "Jerry" (Chris) Hancock of Oakwood, Ohio, Ned (Cindy) Hancock of Defiance; two daughters, Betty (Dr. Paul) Siler of Defiance, Deb (Tim) Vargo of Defiance; 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Susie (Ron) Goller of Defiance, Rita (Gene) Steffen of Leipsic, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Verda Curl.
Visitation will be held Monday, October 1, 2012, from 2-8 p.m. at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with Rev Kevin King officiating.
Memorials are suggested to the charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences can be given at www.HCSFuneralHome.com.