In Memory


Dennis G. Haner

  Dennis G. Haner 1/24/1945 - 8/17/2011 Dennis was born Jan. 24, 1945 in Tacoma, WA, and passed away on Aug. 17, 2011 in Lakewood, WA at the VA Hospital. Dennis was the youngest of three sons belonging to Gale and Vivian Haner. Dennis is survived by his much-loved friend and doting caretaker who stood by him through two very intense battles with cancer, Judy Lewis, also daughter Kendra, granddaughter Nyla, brothers Dean (Sharon) and Ron, nephews Matt, Ty, John, and Ryan, his first wife Nancy (mother to Kendra), and Nancy's family, the Hansens and Nelsons, and not to be forgotten, all of those who he befriended over the years. Dennis served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam for two years. He then became a lifelong RR man, beginning in 1965 (NPRR) - 2006 (BNSF). There will be a celebration of life held at Lady Lucks Cowgirl Up in Spanaway, WA on Sat., Sept. 3, 2011 at 1pm. Special thanks to Jim and Lorraine (owners of Lady Luck and longtime friends) for the party. Denny will be missed by all of us who loved him.

Email received 3-8-14:

My name is Steve Cripe. As Conductor I worked with Denny for several years towards the end of our RR careers. We both had major seniority which put us together on BNSF work trains. Together we saw and contributed to major projects all around Washington, with our major project at Stampede Pass. Our work train opened that line... Denny was the best brakeman I ever had. We took care of each other and completed many projects for the railroad. I liked Denny alot... smart, funny, savy, loyal, honest, and damn good at his job. We enjoyed the occasional cocktail together for sure... I am now obviously retired and live in Lake Chelan. I just Googled Denny and was saddened that his obit came up. Good guy. Best friend. Please share this with his family... Thank you..

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