Michael James Hanna

Mr. Michael James Hanna, 72, of Ellijay, died Friday, May 26, 2017, with his family by his side.

He was born Jan. 1, 1945, in Seattle, Wash. He spent his preschool years in Milwaukee, Wis., then lived in southern California during his school years. He graduated from the University of California at Riverside. After four years in the Air Force, during which time he earned a master’s degree in systems management, he returned to school and studied meteorology. He became interested in education while living in Hawaii and spent the next 43 years teaching many subjects both in Hawaii and Colorado. He retired from Colorado State University in 2009.

He and wife, Sandra, moved to Ellijay in 2012. After moving to Ellijay, he volunteered with the Blue Ridge Railroad as a train car host.

He was an avid reader, and in his younger years spent a lot of his spare time restoring their house in Fort Collins, Colo. He loved the outdoors and nature, as well as trains, ships, sailing and genealogy.

He is preceded in death by parents.

He is survived by wife, Sandra Hanna; daughter, Okee Hanna, of Fort Collins, Colo.; sons, Jon Hanna, of Phoenix, Ariz., Bryan Henderson, of Freeport, Ill., Jeremy Henderson, of Atlanta; grandchildren, Alexi Ammerman, Laura Hanna, Andrew Grant, Jack Hanna and Ryan Hanna; great-granddaughter, Lily Ammerman; sister-in-law, Leneva Meadows, of Temple; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, 2017, from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with the Rev. Allan Tarr officiating.

Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Mr. Hanna by following this link: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/michael_hanna.

Bernhardt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Times Courier

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1076
Ellijay, GA. 30540

Phone: 706-635-4313
Fax: 706-635-7006