Let the memory of Michael be with us forever.
  • 78 years old
  • Born on April 5, 1940 in Portland, Oregon, United States.
  • Passed away on August 26, 2018 in McMinnville, Oregon, United States.

Michael Keith Hanson, age 78, passed away on Sunday, August 26, 2018 in McMinnville, Oregon in the comfort of family by his side. He was born April 5, 1940 at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon to parents Milton Byron Hanson and Lilian Frances (West) Hanson. 

Mike grew up on the Oregon Coast graduating from Newport High School in 1958. After high school, he entered the Delta Upsilon fraternity at Oregon State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in General Science in 1962. In his freshman year at OSU, he met the woman whom would become his loving wife of 56 years, Leora Gwen (Connarn) Hanson. 

After college, Mike was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy doing tours on the USS Piccaway and the USS Gurke. In 1966, after his honorable discharge from naval service, he began his 32 year career at Hyster Company working in Portland, Oregon; Danville, Illinois; and Fremont, California until his retirement in 1998.

Mike was a man of deep faith. He was an avid golfer, frequent traveler, lover of ballroom dancing, and greatly enjoyed family time in the outdoors including camping, sailing, and skiing. 

Mike is survived by his wife Lori Hanson; sons Michael Todd and Eric Brent Hanson; granddaughters Natalie Ryan, Reilly Erin, and Kelsey Catherine Hanson; brother Larry Milton Hanson; and niece Suzanne Marie Hanson.

A memorial was held in celebration of Mike's life on Sunday, September 23rd at First Presbyterian Church in McMinnville, Oregon.

In memory of Mike, donations to the Cancer Research Institute (www.cancerresearch.org) or First Presbyterian Church in memory of Michael Hanson are encouraged.


Posted by Mary Lou Stone on 23rd September 2018
I met Lori Hanson though Danville Christian Women’s Club, and Mike when we’d go to Praise Gathering and other Christian concerts. It was obvious to the most casual observer the “true Love” Mike and Lori had for each other! It was always a joy to be around them! Mike and Lori taught me a lot about being a “true friend”, because that’s the only kind of friend they knew how to be! Most visits ended up with us laughing, singing, and/or drinking wine and eating! Even when life was a struggle for Lori, Mike worked out how to overcome any obstacles for them! Their Love gave them both the strength and courage to handle whatever life brought them to because they knew God was always with them to carry them through it! Mike put up with a lot from us, “Lori’s Crazy Girlfriends”, as he’d call us! He let us kidnap Lori for lunches or “meetings”, always calling Lori to find out if we were ever coming home! After a while, Mike just went with us when he could! Could it have been Mike didn’t completely trust us with the love of his life?!? And there were no better listeners than Mike and Lori when life wasn’t treating you so kindly or just needed to talk! Lori and Mike adored their family!! I sometimes felt I actually knew many of them after hearing so many great stories about their sons, granddaughters, and siblings! Mike had an amazingly beautiful voice he loved to share at church, and car concerts along with the radio and us “Lori’s Crazy Girlfriends”! And Mike was a great cook!! Too bad if you never tasted any of his “experiments”! It was so special and reassuring when they both “completely approved” of me marrying Tom Stone, and gave us their blessing and support! May all our cherished memories with Mike and Lori bring Comfort, Strength, and Peace at Mike’s passing, for Lori, their family, and us all!
Posted by Frank Schafer on 22nd September 2018
MY DEEPEST REGARDS TO LORI AND FAMILY. WHAT A PLEASURE IT WAS TO HAVE WORKED WITH MIKE FOR SO MANY YEARS AT HYSTER COMPANY. MIKE MADE SO MANY CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SUCCESS OF THE COMPANY THEY ARE TOO NUMEROUS TO MENTION. HOWEVER HIS CREATIVITY IN SALES INCENTIVE PROGRAMS, PRODUCT LAUNCHES, AND FINANCIAL MERCHANDISING WERE AMAZING. HE AND LORI HOSTED MANY TRIPS FOR DEALERS AND HYSTER PERSONNEL. THIS WAS ONLY SURPASSED BY HIS DEVOTION TO HIS FAMILY. I LOST MY LIFE PARTNER IN OCTOBER 2017 SO MY PERSONNEL THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH LORI AND THE FAMILY. FRANK SCHAFER, PRESIDENT HYSTER COMPANY RETIRED. OH HE WAS A GOOD GOLFER TOO.
Posted by Jennifer Kelly on 21st September 2018
I was blessed to have Mike in my life for many years. Not only was he the father-in-law that every girl would want, he was also a wonderful grandfather to Natalie, Reilly and Kelsey. I will always remember Mike for the true gentle soul that he was but also for how devoted he was to Lori. My deepest condolences to all. With love, Jennifer.
Posted by Daughn Connarn on 31st August 2018
Our family spent some wonderful times with Mike and Lori, visiting each other’s homes and traveling. Always enjoyed Mike’s delightful sense of humor and his zest for life. We will miss him. Daughn & Alan Connarn
Posted by Hazel Moss on 30th August 2018
My deepest sympathy to all of Mik's family. We shared our high school years at N.H.S. Graduating in 1958. Mike and Lori were faithful attendees at our every five years class reunions where we caught up on on our lives and adventures and have had so much fun reminiscing about our fun as teens in the 50s. He was one of our best and will be sorely missed. With love, Hazel Cathers Moss

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