In Memory of

Michael Lee Hanson

March 9, 1951 - March 17, 2018
From: Cherokee, IA

Michael Lee Hanson was born in Cherokee, Iowa, on March 9, 1951, to Kenneth and Mary (Delperdang) Hanson. He was active in church, serving as an usher and singing in the choir. He was a strong supporter and volunteer at the Cherokee Food Bank. Mike was very proud of his apple orchard, and loved giving away apples. He enjoyed being outdoors, whether it was fishing, hunting, or spending time with his Golden Retrievers, Lucy and Sadie. He took several hunting trips to Wyoming.

Mike passed away at Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee, Iowa, on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the age of 67. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Heather Jenks; his parents; and two brothers, Raymond Hanson and Robert Hanson.

Survivors include one son, Lee Hanson of Cherokee; three sisters: Anne (Ray) Newman of Sioux City, IA, Mary Lou (Albin) Carlson of Cherokee, and Sharon (Joel) Grauer of Silver City, IA; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Hanson of Marcus, IA, and Rosella Hanson of Cherokee; his girlfriend, Patty Garriott of Cherokee; many nieces, nephews and cousins, other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m Friday, March 23, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee.
Pastor Jonathan Riggert
Russell Hanson
Christine Nelson
Rosella Jackson
Dayrl Newman
Robert Rollefson
Aaron Newman
Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 22nd at the funeral home.
"Here I Am, Lord"
"Amazing Grace"
"How Great Thou Art"
Betty Koehlmoos, Organist
Mt. Calvary Cemetery
Cherokee, Iowa


Monday, April 2, 2018 at 10:16 AM
“Lee--I often ran into your in town and had such nice visits with him. He always had a smile on his face.
Enjoyed visiting with him. My sympathy to you. Frau B ”
- Jeanne Blackstone
Monday, March 26, 2018 at 9:11 AM
“I have truly enjoyed getting to know Mike over the years. Mike, you were a caring man who without question would do anything to help someone out. Your conversations will be missed by many. I wish the best for your family and will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
- Steven Kremer
Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 1:13 PM
“Uncle Mike was my favorite Uncle and I was always “his Little Lissa Anne.” He was the only one that could ever call me that.
Uncle Mike was different from anyone else. He was always a kind, loving, friendly, and outgoing man. I don’t ever remember him having a harsh word to say to or about anyone. Everyone in town loved him. He would always stop to chat with you. He was a special man.
I remember so many good times with my Uncle Mikey. My favorite and best memory that always comes to my mind is that every time I was mad at my Mom, I would tell her that I was running away and going to live with my Uncle Mikey. And Uncle Mikey would always tell me that he loves me and I could run away to his house anytime I wanted. Funny thing is, every time I would come up to Iowa to visit, I still always asked him if I could still run away to his house. Even while I was in my 30’s and now 40’s, he would tell me, “Yes, Little Lissa Anne, you can always run away and come here”.
My Uncle Mikey has had a full life. He enjoyed hunting and making lots of fun picking on me for not liking deer meat, but loving his deer jerky. Uncle Mikey and I spent lots of time in his kitchen picking fun at each other. My lack of taste for deer meat and his lack of taste when it came to my ideas of a good home-cooked meals.
I loved spending the night at his house, both when I was younger and again as an adult. He always made that a special time of us. These are memories that I will always hold dear and cherish. Some memories I will share with my family, children, and friends. Others I will keep to myself.
Uncle Mikey, you have always been a fundamental part of my life. I love you and will always carry you in my heart. You are my favorite uncle, my knight in shining armor.

May the road rise up to meet you;
May the wind always be at your back;
May the sun shine warm upon your face and rains fall soft upon your fields;
And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Your Little Lissa Anne loves you.
- Lissa Allmon
Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 1:13 PM
“I am so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He was a dear friend of my parents (Gene and Jo Dorr) and they thought the world of him. God's comfort and peace to all.”
- Jackie (Dorr) Givens
Friday, March 23, 2018 at 9:11 AM
“Im so sorry for you loss. Mary Lou if you need anything let me know the next time we are at work.”
- Mackenzie Gaes
Friday, March 23, 2018 at 9:10 AM
“Mike was so good to my family and I when he worked at the Recycle Center. He always had a smile on his face and was genuinely happy to see us each time. Though we have not seen Mike in several years, I can still hear and see his positive personality. Eternal rest grant unto, Mike, O Lord! ”
- Amy (Goettsch) Pautsch
Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 1:24 PM
“So sorry for your loss. Mike was such a great guy! Loved when he "hung out" with me at the vet clinic with his dog! Also loved run into him out and about town! He always was so positive and always put a smile on my face!!!”
- Michelle Murphy
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 4:23 PM
“So sorry to hear of Mikes passing . He was so funny and friendly. He will missed by many.”
- Sue Roberts
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 1:36 PM
“I am so very sorry for you loss. Such a thoughtful and caring man. Enjoyed our visits.”
- Jerome and Patsy Day
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 1:36 PM
“Dear Hanson Family,
I send my sincere condolences upon the death of Mike. I went all through grade school with Mike at Immaculate Conception in Cherokee. He was my classmate. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. May your many fond memories of Mike sustain you.
With deepest sympathy,
Ann Loughlin”
- Ann Loughlin
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 1:36 PM
“Mike was a good man he was funny and had a heart of gold. He will be missed dearly. ”
- Lorie Decatur
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