July 1, 1933 - July 25, 2019
Now content after enjoying his favorite Tex-Mex cuisine and listening to Dixieland music, David Neil Hankinson passed away on Thursday afternoon, July 25th , 2019, at Baylor, Scott & White Hospital in Plano, TX. He had recently celebrated his 86th birthday.
David was born in Des Moines, Iowa where he was adopted by William Kay and Ruth Rinker Hankinson. After graduation from Roosevelt High School, he served our country in the U.S. Navy as an electronics technician aboard a wooden-hulled minesweeper. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to his home state to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. There, David joined the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, whose Class of 1955 pledge brothers would become a “second family” to him for his entire life.
Upon graduation, David was hired by Collins Radio Company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. With his young family, he moved to Richardson, Texas to begin his Collins career. During his lengthy profession, he worked on various computer message switching projects which helped to solve many practical problems —from managing an enormous motor vehicle registration backlog in Mexico City to transmitting data images back to Earth from our first men on the moon.
Yet, David wasn’t an “all-work, no-play” kind of guy. He regularly drove his Winnebago motor home across Texas to BBQ and to chili competitions. He loved all forms of traditional jazz music and sometimes travelled for hours to hear a Ragtime, Swing, and Dixieland band concert.
David was overjoyed to cheer on his beloved Chicago Cubs as they won their first Major League baseball World Series since 1908!
He was predeceased by his first wife, Judith Ellen Moeller Hankinson, the mother of their five children; Richard, his younger adopted brother; and Don K. Moeller, brother-in-law. He is survived by his loving wife, Janet Marion Martiny Hankinson, ten grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.
Eight bells. David’s watch is over and all is well…
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