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Obituary – Horace Reginald Hanshaw

Horace Reginald Hanshaw, 80, of Henrico County, died peacefully at Henrico Doctors' Hospital on April 12, 2016. He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret H. Lowry; and his stepfather, Joseph M. Lowry. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Judy; son, Brian; sister, Sherry Chandler, her husband, Cy and their son, Neil Chandler (Giovanni); sister, Lynn Hobson Shewey, husband, Bill and son, Raleigh Hobson III (Tammy); stepbrother, Joseph M. Lowry Jr., his wife, Linda and their children, Joey Lowry (Linda) and Ann Cooper (Greg); stepsister, Gay White; stepsister, JoAnn Gray; brother-in-law, F. Jackson Kytle Jr., his wife, Tari, and their children, Ethan (Blain) and Josi; sister-in-law, Lynne Seward, her husband, Roy, and their children, Sook Ja and Terry; and sister-in-law, Janice Jemtrud, her husband, Bob, and children, Eric Seargent and Jolyn Hill (Steven); and five grandnieces.

A native of Richmond, he graduated from John Marshall High School in 1955 and in 1969 was among the first to receive an undergraduate degree from the newly named Virginia Commonwealth University. He was a loyal supporter of VCU's English Department. He was a member of the Richmond Howitzers Unit of the Virginia National Guard that served with distinction including the period of active duty during the Berlin Crisis of 1961. He held key jobs with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services before his retirement in 1991 after more than 35 years. In his last 13 years with VDACS he was Human Resources Director. Mr. Hanshaw was considered a true Virginia gentleman who enjoyed being with friends and family, especially his darling Judy, at his beloved Virginia Beach. His military service helped shape his patriotic spirit and his avid reading, especially of history, contributed to his deep affection for Virginia and Richmond. His interest in his beloved city and state prompted him to share opinions on issues of the day through letters to the editor.

With his passing, his family extends a special thanks to Elbert Bassett who provided extraordinary care and support to Mr. Hanshaw during his lengthy bout with Parkinson's Disease. The family also is thankful for the considerable aid and support of the Henrico County Lift & Carry Program of Fire House No. 9. A special mention is also made for Mr. Hanshaw's faithful dog Monty who brought joy and companionship to him during trying times. Mr. Hanshaw was a fine storyteller who loved to share humorous stories and jokes. He was loved and admired by many and will be greatly missed. The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon Friday, April 15, 2016, at Bennett Funeral Home, 11020 W. Broad St., Glen Allen, Va. Services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center, VCU Health, 6605 W. Broad St., Billy Reynolds Jr. Building, First Floor, Richmond, Va. 23230.
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