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Pallet People: Bob Hanna Passes Away
Hanna was widely known in the pallet and machinery business.

By Staff
Date Posted: 7/10/2017

Industry equipment veteran, Bob Hanna passed away Friday, June 9, 2017 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri. A Celebration of Life service for Robert “Bob” Graham Hanna, 69, West Plains, Missouri, was held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Hanna started his career in the pallet and machinery industry operating cut-up equipment. By 1975, he was selling bulk pallet nails nationwide. In 1978, he went to work for Pendu, Inc. as a regional sales representative for the Midwestern states.  He started Bob Hanna Machinery Sales Company in 1978 and West Plains Machinery Company in 1983; this led him into designing, building and selling pallet and sawmill equipment. Hanna was widely known in the pallet and machinery business. 

Hanna was born November 16, 1947, at Brookville, Indiana, to Arthur Hanna and Frances Isabel Lake Hanna. He was a graduate of Brookville, Indiana High School and a veteran, having served in the United States Army. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and West Plains AmVets and in years past enjoyed hunting and the outdoors; he loved traveling and being on the go.

Bob Hanna is survived by his best friend and love Patty; four daughters and their families including husbands and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, and many friends and family members, and his best furry friend, Lacey.

His parents, one brother, Dude Hanna, two sisters, Norma Bell and Betty Garnett, mother-in-law, Bonnie Weslow and his beloved dog, Molly, precede him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.


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