One of the area’s greatest public servants was laid to rest today. Epworth resident and Dubuque County Supervisor Tom Hancock passed away after an apparent heart attack over the weekend, just a few days shy of 68th birthday.
Hancock will be remembered for his decades of service with the Epworth Fire Department, serving as chief for a number of years, and also serving as president of the Iowa Firefighters Association. He was elected to the State Senate in 2004, serving Delaware and Dubuque counties alongside State Representative Steve Lukan of New Vienna.
Hancock retired from the State Senate in 2012, telling KMCH News Director Janelle Tucker he missed spending time with his wife, Coleen. Wanting to still be involved in the community, he ran for the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors, beginning his first term a year ago. Delaware County Supervisors Jeff Madlom and Shirley Helmrichs have worked closely with Hancock since that time, but first got a chance to know him while he was in the Senate.
Manchester Mayor Milt Kramer remembers Hancock as the first legislator to come to Manchester’s aid during the historic 2010 flood. Hancock also played a big role in securing state funding for Lake Delhi following the dam breach and was looking forward to its return.
Funeral services for Hancock were held this morning at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Epworth.
Take a look through Hancock’s personal gallery of photos from his time in the Iowa Legislature: