John Hankley, Sr.

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John Paul Hankley Sr., 83, of Belleville, IL, born November 6, 1936, in Riverton, IL, died Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Belleville, IL.

Mr. Hankley worked at McDonnell Douglas/Boeing for more than 44 years and was a proud member of the I.A.M.A.W. District 837. John was a member of the Belleville Gear Jammers Car Club and was active with Belleville Little Devils Football.

John was preceded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, June, nee Graves, Hankley, whom he married on July 23, 1955, and who died on April 17, 2006; a son, John Paul Hankley Jr.; a daughter, Regina Wolfmeier; his parents, Paul R. and Regina M., nee Antonacci, Hankley; and a brother, Robert “Bob” Hankley; and a sister-in-law, Donna Hankley.

Surviving are two sons, Thomas (Leslie) Hankley of Belleville, IL,
and Mark (Jill) Hankley of East Carondelet, IL;
a son-in-law, Ronnie Wolfmeier of Millstadt, IL;
eight grandchildren, Reshell (Bob) Schmidt,
Rebecca (Matt) Schmidt,
Scott (Julie) Hankley,
Robbie (Sarah) Wolfmeier,
Daniel (Sheri) Hankley,
Jonathon (Lauren) Hankley,
Audra Hankley (Andrew Tuttle) and Gabrielle Hankley (Gaston Meade);
14 great-grandchildren;
one great-great-grandchild;
a sister, Paula Nelson;
and many great friends and extended family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Belleville Gear Jammers or to the Belleville Little Devils. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all services will be private. Please call the funeral home for further details.

Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


26 Comments on John Hankley, Sr.

Greg Elam said : Guest Report Jun 02, 2020 at 12:59 PM

Mark and Tom, Your dad was good neighbor and friend. I will miss him. Best Regards Greg Elam

  • Swansea
  • IL
Jim Deeke said : Guest Report Jun 01, 2020 at 7:01 AM

Mark and the entire Hankley family, I'm so sorry to read about this. Mr. Hankley was a big part of my childhood at the BLD. He will be greatly missed and my condolences to your family. Jim

  • Peoria
Leland said : Guest Report May 31, 2020 at 6:57 PM

Sorry for your loss you will be missed John.

  • Fairview heights
  • Il
Bonnie Carmack said : Guest Report May 31, 2020 at 4:05 PM

Deepest sympathy to your family.

  • O Fallon
  • Illinois
Jeff Carmack and family said : Guest Report May 30, 2020 at 7:24 PM

God speed our deepest condolences.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Betty Wykoff said : Guest Report May 30, 2020 at 1:15 PM

Deepest sympathy to your family. He will be deeply missed. Don and Betty Wykoff

  • Belleville
  • IL
Merry Miller said : Guest Report May 29, 2020 at 8:29 PM

John what can I say he was a he_ _ of a man. Always laughing and joking RIP with your good buddy Pete. Love you guys

  • O'fallon
  • IL
Miriam Henson said : Guest Report May 29, 2020 at 4:48 PM

I am going to miss John dearly. Some of my favorite memories of him are of the many special dinners we shared at my home and the time we spent in Kentucky. He will forever be in my heart and will always be my teddy bear. <3

  • Smithton
  • IL
Karen Flattich said : Guest Report May 29, 2020 at 2:43 PM

So very sorry to learn of John's passing. I ran into him about a year or so ago at McDonalds having coffee with his buddies. He was a great supporter of the Little Devils, he will be missed.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Tom &Bonnie Schanher said : Guest Report May 29, 2020 at 12:17 PM

John will be missed at all the car shows,cruises and sitting with at meetings. Knew John since 1963 when I joined the gear jammers. Good by old friend.

  • Smithton
  • Il
Terry conard said : Guest Report May 29, 2020 at 11:41 AM

Mark, so sorry my friend. John was a special man and dedicated to little devils and many other things. Alot of fun. He was special to me. So sorry.

  • Collinsville
  • Il
Laverne and Rita graves said : Guest Report May 29, 2020 at 10:41 AM

Mark, Tom and family . Thinking and praying for your families . We know how much you all love and took care of each other after your Mom’s passing. Continue to do that and we will visit when thing open up. Love to all of you we have lots of memories.

  • Rverton
  • Illinois
Terry & Beverly Shaw said : Guest Report May 29, 2020 at 4:03 AM

We knew John from the Gear Jammers car club, he will be sadly missed, Mark & Tom please accept our heartfelt condolances and will keep you both in thought and prayers

  • belleville
  • Il
Jason and Jana Rapp said : Guest Report May 28, 2020 at 6:59 PM

So sorry to hear of John's passing. He was truly a special guy... the world lost a great man. As long as I can remember being alive I remember John and my Dad (Pete) being friends, and the last 10-15 years they were together, having fun, several times a week. I am sure his little buddy gave him quite a greeting:)

  • Smithton
  • IL
Leroy and sandy Glueck said : Guest Report May 28, 2020 at 6:58 PM

Our hearts and prayers are with you . John will be so missed Worked so hard for the Gear Jammers. Lee will miss you at mcDonald for coffee. Lee and sandy Glueck

  • Ofallon
  • Il.
Don Mitchelar said : Guest Report May 28, 2020 at 11:18 AM

My condolence on your great loss and sorrow. I knew " old Hankly " ( John ) from work at McDonnell/Boeing and being a shop steward myself, well we spend a lot of time at the Union hall and the activities there. John was just a really great good person and I know that you will really miss him. Very sorry for your great loss. l

  • Staunton
  • IL
Gary L. Cox said : Guest Report May 28, 2020 at 10:42 AM

My sympathies and condolences to the Hankley family. He performed a great service for the Little Devils organization for many years. His efforts were extraordinary.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Virginia Dalton said : Guest Report May 28, 2020 at 10:11 AM

My condolences for the family and friends. RIP!

  • Collinsville
  • IL
Joyce Blankenship said : Guest Report May 28, 2020 at 7:11 AM

Please accept my condolences for the loss of your father ! Your daddy was a good friend to all ! He will be missed!

  • O’Fallon
  • Il
Chris konschak said : Guest Report May 27, 2020 at 9:08 PM

My deepest sympathy to all of the family

  • Belleville
  • Illnois
Richard and Rosalind Dawson said : Guest Report May 27, 2020 at 9:05 PM

John truly will be missed by everyone he knew. We were gifted a special friend for 55+ years. Rich and I will miss his friendship.

  • Largo
  • Fl. 33774
Deron Daenzer said : Guest Report May 27, 2020 at 7:58 PM

Tom & Mark and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Growing up with you guys made me appreciate your dad. He was always a giant of a man to me and one of my favorite people. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

  • O’Fallon
  • Illinois
Michael Shoemaker said : Guest Report May 27, 2020 at 7:57 PM

Becky and Shelly, So sorry for your loss, your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time ??

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Patricia Wright said : Guest Report May 27, 2020 at 7:18 PM

I’m so sorry for your loss. My Dad was Paul Hankley’s brother, Louis Bradley Hankley. I wish I had the chance to know John. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Burleson
  • Texas
Missy Bittle said : Guest Report May 27, 2020 at 7:14 PM

John, you will forever have a special place in my heart! Thank you for taking me in and being a great friend while I spent my time at B.L.D. I will miss seeing you at the car shows! The world is a better place because of you!!!! RIP dear friend!!!

  • Belleville
  • Il
George Casey said : Guest Report May 27, 2020 at 5:59 PM

John was a really good man and will be greatly missed at the Belleville Gear Jammers Club.

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois

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