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Paul Hancher

March 7, 1922 - September 18, 2016

Hancher, Paul, 94, of New Port Richey, passed away peacefully at home in New Port Richey on September 18, 2016.

Paul was born in Central City, Pennsylvania to George and Katherine Hancher (NeeKutza) on March 7, 1922. He attended Shade Township High School. He married Betty Lorraine Belle Sipe, his childhood sweetheart, on March 19, 1943 in Baltimore, Maryland. They were married nearly 70 years when Betty passed away in late 2012.

Paul was a veteran of World War II and landed with the D-Day forces on the beach at Normandy. He served in the Army, the 83rd Infantry Battalion, C Company, and earned five battle stars including the Battle of the Bulge (Ardennes) and the Alsace/ Lorraine. Paul’s family is very proud of his service, and loved hearing him talk about his experiences. He kept up with his Army brothers in the 83rd, attending annual reunions until 2012. He worked as a brewer in Baltimore for the Gunther, Hamm and Carling Breweries for more than thirty years.

In his church, Rose of Lima Parish in Baltimore, he was involved in the Holy Name Society and Knights of Columbus. He was a faithful member of the American Legion, Keystone Chapter, and received a Certificate of Honor for sixty years of continuous membership. He was an avid squae-dancer and round-dancer who presented polished and graceful performances with his partner, Betty.

Paul is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Betty; brothers, John, Michael, George, Frederick and Alex; sisters, Mary and Ann. Paul is survived by his daughters, Jaimie (Robert) Beavers and Lori Fritzsche; brothers, Peter (Donna) and Franklin (Madalyn); sisters, Helen, Sally (Jon) and Sonia; and grandchildren, Melisande and Peter Fritzsche.

A viewing will take place at the Michels & Lundquist funeral home, 5228 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey, FL 34652, on Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 2-4 & 6-8 pm. A service will take place at the funeral home Friday at 11 am. Burial will follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to HPH Hospice.

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location:

Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home

5228 Trouble Creek Road
New Port Richey, FL 34652


Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location:

Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home

5228 Trouble Creek Road
New Port Richey, FL 34652


Service Information

Date: Friday, September 23, 2016

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location:

Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home

5228 Trouble Creek Road
New Port Richey, FL 34652


Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, September 23, 2016

Time: 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location:

Florida National Cemetery

6502 SW 102nd Avenue
Bushnell, FL 33513


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