big me

Scott Dennis Hanel was born on July 26, 1950, the son of Larry G. and Barbara H. (Keipp) Hanel.  He will have died sometime in the future, further on down the road.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Steven, and his sister, Nancy (Moe).  He is survived by his daughter, Veronica, and his grandchildren, Justice and Jordan, now living in Portland, OR.

He grew up in Central Iowa and graduated from Roosevelt High School.  He earned an English degree from the University of Iowa, an MBA-International Studies from Thunderbird Graduate School and a master’s degree in teaching English as a Second Language from Iowa State University.

He’d worked in construction, had been an accountant and taught English as a Second & Foreign Language. 

During much of his life he traveled. He’d toured North, Central and South America, Europe and the Caribbean.  He’d lived and worked in the U.S., Mexico and South America.  Throughout his life though, he was most comfortable in Iowa and considered it his home.  He was proud to be an Iowan.

Scott was a recovered alcoholic who considered his relief from alcoholism the most profound and rewarding event of his life.  He credited it to the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and the grace of God.  He hadn’t had a drink since sometime in February, 1999.

Scott was and will be forever thankful for the love and devotion, care and support of Deborah Neighbor, the woman he loved the most in his life and without whom he’d have been lost long ago.

In accordance with his wishes, his body will be cremated and there will be no memorial.


Last updated on February 26, 2020