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Michael Hanichen

Michael Eric Hanichen peacefully passed away in his sleep on Friday, April 1, 2022, at the age of 69. Mike was born to James and Marlea Hanichen in Three Rivers, MI on March 18, 1953.

Mike's childhood was spent growing up on Barton Lake with his sister Joy. He loved fishing, carp spearing and boating. As a teenager he became a skilled water skier, spending many hours with friends on the lake.

In high school Mike enjoyed sports, playing football, basketball, and downhill skiing. He built lifelong friendships that continued into adulthood on the golf course, around a card table and watching Nascar racing.

Following graduation from Vicksburg High School in 1971, he attended Central Michigan University. Mike married Valerie Adams, becoming stepfather to her son, David. In 1978 Mike and Valerie welcomed Christopher to their family. Several years later Jessica Davis entered Mike's life, adding her sons, Austin and Charlie to his family. Mike was a dedicated father and stepfather.

Mike loved working for the Blunt family at the Harborlite Corporation. While there, he wore many hats that eventually led to supervising the setup of new plants across the country.

Mike will be remembered for having a kind soul, his sense of humor and loving to laugh with his family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his father: James.

Left to cherish his memory are his mother: Marlea; sister: Joy (George) Freund; son: Christopher Hanichen; stepchildren: David Adams, Austin Davis, and Charlie Davis; grandchildren: Sarah, Meghan, and Broden Hanichen; significant other: Jessica Davis; nephew and niece: Marshall and Chelsea Freund, and beloved cousins: Suzy, Matt, Andy & Joe.

Memorials made in Michael’s memory may be directed to the family c/o Christopher Hanichen.

In accordance with the family’s wishes a private committal service will be held for the immediate family. A celebration of Michael’s life will be held on a later date that is still to be determined.

While at www.amsfuneralhomes.com please take time to sign Michael’s guestbook and/or share a memory with his family.

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A candle was lit in memory of Michael Hanichen

Vickie Smittendorf Apr 12 2022 9:53 PM

Joy, I have so many great memories of Mike. I'm saddened by his passing. I hope you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have of Mike.
He was such a kind and humble man. He will be missed.

Cousin Matt Apr 9 2022 3:37 PM

Joy, we are very sorry for the loss of your brother. You are in our prayers.

Tim Campbell Apr 8 2022 8:44 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Hanichen

Tim and Carol Campbell Apr 8 2022 8:42 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Hanichen

Robin Miller Apr 8 2022 6:57 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Hanichen

Dale Richards and Judy Hill Apr 8 2022 4:22 PM

We had some great time Mike, I will always remember your smile and quite laugh.

Al Shearer Apr 7 2022 7:40 PM

There are no words to express the sadness I feel in Mikes passing.He was the kindest most generous soul and will be greatly missed.My sincere condolences to my sis Joy,George,Marlea ,Chris,Jesse and the whole family. Who loved him deeply.

Sharon-Gould-London Apr 7 2022 3:29 PM

Jess and Joy I'm vert sorry for your loss

Ray Brown Apr 7 2022 12:24 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Hanichen

Terry Derhammer Apr 7 2022 11:08 AM

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