Michael Francis Hanley

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Thursday, February 23, 1956
Date of Death:
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
64 years old


Location: Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Preston [ view map ]


A private family Memorial Service will be held currently for Michael.  A Celebration of Life will be planned for a later date.

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Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Thursday, February 23, 1956
Date of Death:
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
64 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Thursday, February 23, 1956
Date of Death:
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
64 years old

Michael Francis Hanley

A Private Family Memorial Service for Michael Francis Hanley will be held Friday, July 24, 2020, at 11:00 AM in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester with Rev. Ben Loos of Redeemer Lutheran Church officiating. Due to current circumstances, physical attendance must be limited to invitation-only; however, the service will be live-streamed on facebook.com/mackenfuneralhome  Burial will take place at a later date at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, MN. A Celebration Of Life service may occur at a later time once restrictions are lifted.

Michael Francis Hanley, 64, of Rochester, MN, passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at Seasons Hospice after a long battle with cancer.

Michael (Mike) was born on February 23, 1956, in Dubuque, Iowa to Farrell (Frank) and Shirley Hanley. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1974. He joined the United States Navy, serving aboard the cruiser USS Albany (CG-10) and aircraft carrier USS America (CV-66) as a Fire Control Technician, completing his service as a Petty Officer Second Class. He married Mary Krueger at the David Adams Memorial Chapel, Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia, on June 30, 1975, and they moved to Rochester in 1978 following his Honorable discharge. Mike worked at IBM in Rochester from 1978 to 2001 as a Senior Lab Specialist across multiple divisions. He worked at JDS Uniphase from 2002 to 2006 before briefly returning to IBM. He completed his career as a Senior Head Gimbal Assembly Designer at Seagate Technology in Bloomington, Minnesota, working there from 2006 until just days before his passing in 2020.

Mike was an active member at Redeemer Lutheran Church, helping in the kitchen for funerals and other gatherings, and serving the Lord with his vocal talents as a tenor in the Sounds of Praise choir. For many years he was an active bicyclist until his health issues prevented him from continuing. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, actively supporting his children as a youth baseball coach, Cub Scout Den Leader, dance and cheerleading dad, chaperone for school trips, and President of the John Marshall High School Band Boosters.

A hard worker and enthusiastic learner, Mike applied his enjoyment of problem solving and developing new skills to both his professional and personal lives. His talents were always in demand, and he enjoyed technical challenges from home improvement projects to cake decorating to home-built 3D printers.

Mike is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mary; son Matt (Kate) Hanley, grandson Miles; daughter Allison Hanley (fiancé Chris Heil); his mother Shirley Hanley; mother-in-law Arlene Krueger; brothers Dan (Michele) Hanley, Jeff (Laurie) Hanley; sisters Patty (Tom) Kopp, Kate (John) Mayer, Sue (Matt) Stammeyer; sister-in-law Lisa (Ford) Erickson; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father (Frank), father-in-law (Don Krueger), and brother (John Jay).

Mike showed his tenacity, strength of character, and love while battling cancer since 2017, remaining devoted to his family and witnessing his faith to the very end. Mike set a beautiful example of his faith throughout his life and knew he was going home to be with his Lord and Savior in heaven. The family would like to thank Dr. Keith Bible of Mayo Clinic Oncology, Rochester, the team at Mayo Clinic Health System Cannon Falls, the many nurses and health care givers he encountered during this journey who cared for him during his illness, as well as those at Seasons Hospice in his final hours.

Memorials are suggested to Redeemer Lutheran Church of Rochester.



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The family of Michael Francis Hanley has received the following condolences.

Mary and family,

Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Our hearts and prayers are with you during these difficult times.

Steve and Sue Jans

Dan, Michelle and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. my thoughts are with you.


My heart aches for you. I have such fond high school memories of him as a band dad. His smile was so warm and inviting. I know he was a great influence on Matt and the wonderful guy he was growing up and now as an adult, husband, and father. Prayers and hugs from LaCrosse!!

Hanley Family

My thoughts and heavy heart are especially with each and everyone of you today, as you say goodbye to Mike.

Although his body gave out. His undying love for you all will carry you through this dark and confusing time. 

Hold tight to all of those good memories and he'll be right by your side each and everyday.

Sincerely, Alan Myers

My deepest sympathy to the family during this difficult time.  I worked with Mike for many years and really admired his positive outlook regardless of the situation.  Will miss his smile.

Mary and Family,

Our heartfelt sympathy in your loss.   May God’s peace and the many special memories you have help to comfort you at this time.  I had the pleasure of getting to know Mike and your family when I started working at IBM in ‘79 as Mike and I were both in the same department, 2F8 Instrumentation Development as it was called back then.  He taught me many things about building electronic circuits and debugging them as Mike was never too busy to stop his work to help someone out.  His smile was always there which made coming to work and being around him so much fun.   Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Don & Tammy Vosberg

Thoughts and prayers Jeff to you and your family at this time it’s tough to lose a brother you will always remember the great  times you had together we are thinking of you at this time prayers be with you. Tom and Marianne Lytle

Mary and family, 

I offer my sincere condolences to you and your family. It was a truly sad day when I heard of his passing. I worked with Mike at IBM in the 80’s and early 90’s. He was a hard worker and also a joy to be around. His infectious smile was noted by many. I pray that you have found peace through friends and faith in this difficult time. 


Dear Mary,

My deepest sympathy to you and all your family at this sad and difficult time.  I so enjoyed being in choir with you and Mike.  I will miss his smile, his humor and his wonderful tenor voice.  I pray that you find comfort and peace in our good and gracious Lord's loving arms and in the certainty of His promise that this is a 'see you later'.  


Mary, Matt and Allison, 

I know your hearts are aching at this time and I am so sorry that you lost such a special person in your lives. Just lean on Jesus to help you get through each day. I pray you all will feel His presence all around you, especially in the difficult days ahead. 
In Christ’s Love,

Molly Smith and Family 


 Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless.

My most sincere condolences to your family. Mike was a pleasure to get to know and be around. His laughter was contagious and his love for his fellow church members was unbelievable. I had the honor to be a waitress at Zadeos Pizza and serve the choir group every week. I am truly sorry for your loss. 

Jeff and Family,

Our thoughts and prayers for remembrance and healing are with you and your family. Deepest sympathies on the passing of your beloved brother, Mike. 

Jodie & Gary Bramel

We are so sorry for your families loss Jeff we are keeping all of u in our thoughts and prayers.

Our sincere sympathy

Al, Geri Buelow and tj.haislet

I shared an office with Mike at IBM and worked with him at JDSU; he was always the nicest guy in the room.

I am so sorry to hear this news and for your loss.

I was fortunate to cycle with Mike ( usually on Salem Road ) .

He was the stronger cyclist, but kept my pace so we could enjoy conversing.

What a solid /positive/ personable guy.

My condolences,


Our hearts go out to you with Mike's passing. He will be greatly missed. You will be in our prayers.

With love in Christ,

Sue an Jim Naessens

Mary, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I enjoyed working with Mike back in the early 80s at IBM. He was always so kind and just a great person to be around. May he Rest In Peace.

It was so good to see the pictures of the entire family together at the end. I am sure that Mike appreciated that. You were all special to him.

We will be with you in spirit for the service.

My sincere sympathy to Mike’s family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God surround you with love, comfort, and peace. Mike will be missed by so many. 

Mary. Matt & Allison.

Dear Family.

We were so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Yet we rejoice in the fact that he is no longer in any pain and now has a perfect body. We always enjoyed any time spent with Mike, as well as all of you. He will be sorely missed, yet many fond memories will will remain with us. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Still we take comfort in the knowledge of his salvation. He was a Gentleman and lived a life that was an example to all he encountered. We feel so blessed to have had him as part of our family.

Love Gary & Linda Myers

That dear, dear man will be missed by so many!!  Including the 2 of us!  He brightened any room he was in.  Heaven is sweeter now that Mike is there!

Julie & Sam Gehrking

Mike's fight these last few years has been nothing short of inspirational. He had one of the most optimistic and thankful attitudes I have ever seen in the face of such trial. A real testimony to his character. He will be greatly missed by many.


Sympathies from my family to yours.

-Daryl Moreau

Mary, Matt and Alison,

I'm joyful that Mike is awaiting the resurrection and his perfect body.  His attitude through many trials was truly inspiring.  I'm sadend that current circumstances did allow us to see him these last months and that we will not be able to gather to reflect on his memory in the near term but please know we are thinking of you and pray for your comfort.

in His Peace,

Andy and Beth Hanson

My deepest sympathy to the family.  Mike will be greatly missed.

Mary, Matt and Allison,

We were saddened to learn of Mike's illness and now passing. Our deepest sympathy. He was taken from you way too soon. May time heal your sorrow and leave you with wonderful memories of all the great times you shared together. Guy and Laurie Griesmann

Mary and Family,. 

So sorry for your loss.  Mike was a shining light in the neighborhood, always greeted you with a smile and a  friendly chat.  He will be remembered as a kind and gentle soul.  Prayers to you and your family.

Barb and Ray Slisz