It is with great sadness that the family of Peter F. Hanrahan announces his passing on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri.
Peter (Pete) was born on September 27, 1927 in Schenectady, New York during the greatest generation. He was a devoted son to his father, Peter T. and mother, Anna and a beloved brother to Joseph, Edward, and Maureen. He attended college in Albany, New York graduating with a degree in Business Administration. He served in the United States Army Air Corp spending most of his time in the Pacific Theater at the end of World War II. Peter was a successful businessman with a 50 year career in the ice cream/ confectionery business. He worked for Sealtest Ice Cream, and as a sales manager for Whitman’s Chocolates in the New England area. He moved his family to Kansas City when he became the Vice President of Sales for Russell Stover Candies. He held similar titles and roles with Fanny Farmer’s Candy and Price Candies. Pete was also devoted to his church, St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church. He was an active parish member for over 35 years serving on the Finance Council, as a Head Usher and Eucharistic Minister.
Peter married his childhood sweetheart, Jeanne Ann Ramsey, in 1950 in Burlington, Vermont. They celebrated 47 years of marriage before her death in 1997. He was committed to life with her, the gift of family, a strong work ethic and the celebration of his children’s achievements. Peter also loved vacations to the beaches with his family and traveling with Jeanne. He exhibited a genuine love that was kind and tenderhearted to all. Time with family and friends was what he valued, including his weekly jaunts with the “Coffee Boys”. Family and friends who knew him well will miss him and remember him fondly.
Peter was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Jeanne, daughter Patricia Horner, and brother, Edward. Left to honor his loss yet celebrate his life are his children, Jack (Vicki), Donna O’Reilly (Edward), son-in-law Rick Horner, Peter Jr. (Patty), Penny (Don) and grandchildren Kelli Minatta (Ryan), Fallon O’Reilly, Rachel Hanrahan, Jillian Hanrahan, Cullen Horner, and Anna Turnbull.
Peter will forever be in our hearts and we will cherish his courageous example of how to live life and appreciate each and every day. The Memorial Mass will be held Thursday, November 30, 2017 at St. Thomas More Parish, 11822 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri. Visitation is from 4:30pm with a funeral mass following at 5:30pm.
Our sincere gratitude to Ms. Kembra Eubank, RN, Ms. Mary McCormick, RN, Dr. Sharon Snavely, MD, Dr. Jay Riseman, MD for their outstanding care and compassion over the years. Our father loved you and we all thank you.
A private family internment will take place in Mt. Olivet Cemetery at a later date, uniting our mother with our father for all eternity.
friend ,Prairie Village ,Kansas
Peter will so be missed, my favorite thing about him was his "kind and tenderhearted" nature and I hope and pray that over the weeks and months your emptiness will be gradually replaced with those fond and wonderful memories
Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri
I am so sorry, Jack. Please extend our condolences to your family.
Your Dad is a special man whose positive attitude and sincere warmth blessed everyone fortunate to have met him. I count myself as especially lucky to call three generations of the Hanrahan clan my friends and am proud to have known Peter Hanrahan.
Seeing how Peter handled whatever cards were dealt to him with such grace and unbridled joy is an inspiration, and gave me the courage to find my way to solid ground in some dark days.
Peter embodied everything it meant to be a gentleman; whip smart, genuine, generous, energetic, a great sense of humor, unflappable, a snappy dresser and just an all-around great guy. You were drawn to him like a magnet and steel.
While we'll miss Peter, he left this world a better place for the way he lived; always finding the good in life.
RIP, my friend.
Granddaughter ,Kansas City ,Missouri
Peter Hanrahan. My fighter, my superhero, my role model, my grandfather, and now my guardian angel. Grandpa had so much life even in the darkest of times. He never self pitied and most importantly, he never gave up. There were days I would visit him and he would be in a great deal of pain, but he still wondered how he could give me advice or improve my day. He lived like every day on Earth was his last. Grandpa kept his faith strong, his family close, and his love unconditional. Out of everything I’ve learned from him, the most important is to never give up, no matter the pain, the hassle, or the suffering, never stop fighting. Grandpa battled illnesses and medical complications every day, but he kept a genuine smile on his face and continued to sing his favorite tunes aloud. If anyone were to think of one word when they thought of Peter Hanrahan, I want them to think of this: “Fighter.” A fighter for happiness, a fighter for faith, and most of all, a fighter for life.
I love you always Grandpa and I can feel your presence with me every day. I promise I will never stop fighting.
Son ,Kansas City ,Missouri
Dad, it's been 2 months since we lost you and while we all know you are in Heaven with our beloved Mother Jeanne, our wonderful Sister Tricia and other loved Family members, those of us who remain on Earth miss you terribly.....
You made such a difference in so many lives over the years and I have heard from so many of them.... And continue too...I am so proud to call you my Father....
We have our treasured memories of you and that is so helpful....
Love you Dad! Live it up in Heaven...it's your turn!
Your Son Jack Hanrahan