John H. Hanlon

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Wednesday, December 17, 1941
Date of Death:
Sunday, May 10, 2020
78 years old


Location: Calvary Cemetery [ view map ]

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Wednesday, December 17, 1941
Date of Death:
Sunday, May 10, 2020
78 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Wednesday, December 17, 1941
Date of Death:
Sunday, May 10, 2020
78 years old

John H. Hanlon

John H. Hanlon, 78, of Rochester, passed away May 10, 2020 surrounded by his children in his home.  John had recently been diagnosed with brain cancer.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Geraldine and Donald Redelings, wife Mary Hanlon and son Pat Hanlon.

He is survived by children Sue (Scott) Palmer of Savage, MN, Pete Hanlon of Westmont, IL,  and Ellen (Craig) Lind of St. Paul, MN.  He was a wonderful grandfather to seven grandkids, Alison, Jenna and Claire Palmer, Mia Hanlon and Celia, Beckett and Grayson Lind.  His siblings are Joseph Ardel (Carol) Hanlon and sister Audrienne Hanlon.  He enjoyed the last eight years with his girlfriend Sharon Bingham.

John was born December 17, 1941 in Cresco, Iowa.  He graduated from Lourdes High School in 1959 where he was an all-state athlete who loved football and shot put.  He then went on to graduate from St. Thomas College (University of St. Thomas) in St. Paul, MN.  He married Mary McGinnis on June 22nd, 1963.  They had four children together.  They resided in Rochester, MN for most of their lives and John started his own tire salvage business after working for his father at Nelson Tire Town.  He also owned and managed commercial and residential real estate.

John was an incredibly generous man. It was not unusual for him to meet a person in need on the road in his travels and buy a meal and lend his ear to listen to their story.  He was caring and kind to all that he met.  One of his hobbies was shopping for clothing that he would deliver to the Dorothy Day house.  He loved to play cribbage and was part of various cribbage groups during which he formed many special friendships.  He also had many great childhood friends that he was fortunate to keep all his life.  He was a wonderful father who would do anything for his kids and provided an incredible life for all of them.  He had a witty sense of humor that was accompanied by a devilish grin that we all loved.  We were fortunate to get to see that grin several times in his last three weeks on earth.

When the time permits we will be hosting an “Irish Wake” as he wanted to celebrate his life with family and friends.

A small private family burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery for John where he will be laid to rest with Mary and Pat.

Memorials can be sent to the American Cancer Society, Rochester Catholic Schools or the Dorothy Day house.

Rest In Peace great man, you were one of a kind and so loved by your children!

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The family of John H. Hanlon has received the following condolences.

Hi Sharon,

(We did not know any of John's children).

We will miss your "company" at gatherings around town, that both you and John, and we attended.   (Civic theater music, VFW, etc.)

You have our thoughts, love, and prayers with John's passing.

We will think of you!!

Don & Helen

So sorry for your loss.  You all are in our thoughts and prayers. 

I did not know John, but am related to the Hanlon Family.  My father was Lyle V Hanlon from Harmony, MN.  He passed away Dec. of 2004. He used to love talking about his nephew's! ❤

Our Sympathies,

Steve & Patricia Brink (Hanlon)

To John's family:

Our deepest sympathies in the loss of John.

I am John's cousin (daughter of Lyle and Joyce Hanlon), and although I didn't get to know him personally, he sounds like a kind and generous man. I hope that your loving memories help ease this difficult time.


Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, Unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
                             author unknown


Dawn (Hanlon) Zimmer

Dear Sue, Pete, Ellen & Families,

We are so sorry for your loss of your Father and Grandfather, John.  We feel so fortunate to have known him from his High School "Super Star" days at LHS,

to the wonderful neighbor and friend that we enjoyed.  We will miss his warm smile and his sharing of all of your Family news whenever we saw him.

He was always so proud of each of you and we know how much he loved you.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Rest in Peace, John.  We treasure the memories of all of those fun filled days on Viking Court.


Dennis and Marcy Groteboer Family


Thoughts and prayers are with the Hanlon family during these difficult times.  Even though we are cousins, sadly I did not know John, but still feel the loss of family.

With heartfelt sympathy,

Karen Hanlon Raguse

(Lyle & Joyce Hanlon)

So sorry to hear of John's passing. Although I never got to know him or his sibs, we are cousins. ( Lyle & Joyce Hanlon)

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

To the Hanlon family. We are very sorry for the loss of your loved one John. We played many games of cribbage with John at the Rochester Eagles Club for many years. We know that he is now sitting at the cribbage table in heaven with the friends that he has loss. It was a pleasure to know John. With our DEEPEST SYMPATHY to all of you. REST IN PEACE JOHN. ☘ Ralph & Launie  Smith 

John and Mary built a home on the lot behind us (Walden Lane SW) and we visited Mary in her home during her fight with cancer. Jill misses Mary so much, and i enjoyed John's kind and honest nature. 

After Mary passed, we visited all the more with John over the back fence or in our home.

They were great people, and their family, including grandkids, can be proud of them.  Treasure their memory.

May the Lord comfort and encourage you all.  Jim and Jill Weirick


King regards, and love.






We are so sorry for your loss.  Jack was a very special person,

Leone and family

We are so sorry for your loss.  John was a wonderful person and a great friend and business associate.  My sister Kitty and I  had a long lunch with John just a few weeks before he became ill, talking about our parents who were  great friends for years and our mutual high school friends.  We will miss his phone calls, notes and certainly his friendship.  With sympathy, Judy, Kitty, and Jane Chisholm 

Deepest sympathies to John’s family at the loss of this good man. We were childhood friends from old NW Rochester and enjoyed sharing stories of our escapades back in the 40’s and 50’s. My wife and I will miss him as we gather with friends! Rest with God John, your work here is done.

John Paul and Jan Jones

Hanlon Family,

So sorry for your loss.  Your dad was an amazing father.  May he be at peace.

Mike Krudwig & Julee Anderson

Ellen, We extend our deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your Dad and Mom. Our son Dan was one your classmates thru St. Pius and Lourdes. Your parents were always so gracious, generous and an excellent example of a loving couple and parents. May God wrap his arms of comfort around you at this time of grief.  Rick and Bev