Bruce Maxwell “Bruno” Hankins, 81, of Rose Court., Pemberville, a well-known area life insurance agent and outdoorsman, died April 3, 2017 at Otterbein Portage Valley Senior Lifestyle Retirement Community. He was married 58 years to Joan Farmer Hankins, who survives.
Born in Florida, Mr. Hankins was raised in Toledo and Maumee. He was a graduate of Maumee Valley Country Day School and earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Colgate University in 1957. Afterward, he served in the U.S. Army and during his tour of duty he and Joan were stationed in Germany.
Following service to his country, Bruce embarked on a 40-year career in the life insurance business, in which he was a life and qualifying member of the industry’s Million Dollar Round Table. He was honored during his career with many industry awards. He also was an insurance industry lecturer and occasionally lectured at the University of Toledo.
As he began his career, he surprised friends and family alike by not following the expected footsteps into the family business, the Kiemle-Hankins Co., an industrial electrical and mechanical equipment firm.
A member of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Perrysburg, he also was an active member of Maumee Rotary Club, Rockwell Springs Trout Club, Toledo Club, and Carranor Hunt and Polo Club. He volunteered at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, and also was a member of the Black Swamp Conservancy and The Nature Conservancy.
Mr. Hankins was an avid outdoorsman, his pursuits including bird hunting and both fresh and saltwater fishing. He and Joan traveled often to Central and South America to hunt and fish. For many years the couple wintered in Costa Rica.
He enjoyed devoting time to mentoring, both young and old, as he firmly believed in Dale Carnegie’s business principles as well as Dave Ramsey’s financial advice. He always wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. In virtually all outside activities, he asked for no publicity.
He is also survived by his daughter, Abigail H. Rogowski (Dan), of Hilliard, Ohio; grandchildren Jasper and Cameron Hankins, of Waihi Beach, New Zealand, and Sommer and Kaitlyn Rogowski, of Hilliard; and sister, Christine H. Martindale, of Perrysburg and Sanford, Florida.
Mr. Hankins was preceded in death by his parents, William M. Hankins, Jr., and Margaret C. Hankins, brother, Mack Hankins, and son, Chip Hankins.
Memorial services will be 2:00 pm Sunday, April 30, 2017 at The Otterbein Portage Valley Senior Lifestyle Community, located at 20311 Pemberville Road in Pemberville, Fr. Jeff Bunke of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Officiating. Arrangements are being made through Marsh Funeral Home, Luckey, Ohio
The family requests that tributes be in the form of contributions to the Otterbein Portage Valley Senior Retirement Community, Wellness Center, 20311 Pemberville Rd, Pemberville, OH 43450, Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 River Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551, or to a charity of the donors’ choice.