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.
All family and friends are invited to a memorial service and celebration of life in Mike’s honor on Sunday, September 23rd 3:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church, 390 NE 2nd Street, McMinnville, Oregon. A reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations to the Cancer Research Institute (www.cancerresearch.org) or First Presbyterian Church in memory of Michael Hanson are encouraged.