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Michael Hanken
September 16, 1964 - November 24, 2010

Michael Anthony Hanken, 46, of clarion died Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at the Dumont Care Center in Dumont, IA.

Michael was born in Oelwein on September 16, 1964 to parents Donald and Diana (Davis) Hanken.  He was a long time resident at Krysilis in Clarion, where he had many friends.   

Michael “touched” many people throughout his life.  Many people entered his life as caregivers, but quickly became life long friends. 

Even though Michael spoke no words, he expressed himself very well through his famous facial expressions-  always enjoying the reaction he got from others.  

Michael’s many hobbies included watching Nascar races, black and white movies and comedies, especially those featuring Jim Carey. 

During his free time he loved looking at various magazines. 

His biggest love was cruising wearing his sunglasses, and asked to do that every chance he got.  He was the happiest being the center of attention, and made friends wherever he went.

In a word….Unforgettable!! 

Left to cherish Michael ‘s memory is his mother Diana Hanken of Marshalltown; his brothers: Doug (Kim) Hanken of Marshalltown, Matt (Nancy) Hanken of Plymouth, MN, Steve (Barb) Reinke of Stillwell, KS; his sister Cindy (John) Bru of Marshalltown; 12 nieces and nephews; as well as his many, many friends at Krysilis.

In death, Michael has rejoined his grandparents and his father Donald Hanken.

Memorials may be made in Michael's honor to his family.

Funeral Service: 2PM Monday, December 6that the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein.

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Lamar (Zanatta) Little on January 6, 2011 at 7:09 PM said:

Mrs Hanken, I was looking through some old Oelwein papers and saw your sons name. It brought back a memory of a family that lived in Oelwein that my parents knew. My parents were Shirley and Albert Zanatta and I somewhat remember my mom talking with a Hanken family about their son. I had a a brother Leroy who was born with MR and my mom talked often of this family, and the son, and all the decisions my parents had made that now face his parents. If you are that family I am so very sorry for your lose. Please know my mom spoke highly of you with compassion and understanding. About the only thing I can remember from Lee's funeral was when the priest said he was without sin. As a child it was very powerful statement and it comforts me still.You have my sympathy. I apologize for the intrution if I have the wrong Hanken family Sincerely Lamar Little
Cindy Westberg on December 4, 2010 at 1:05 PM said:

I was so sorry to hear of your loss. From what I've heard, Michael was a special and very sweet guy and I'm sorry I never had the chance to meet him. I'm sure that Michael is crusin a much better neighborhood by now, with some really stylin shades! My love to you all. Cindy
Juanita Heitter on December 3, 2010 at 3:36 PM said:

Diana and kids,
I well recall coming to your home here in Oelwein when Mike was young to assist in the therapy sessions.
Remember too, right, Girl?
Also all the other Midwest and R.R. crew get togethers through those long ago yrs.
My condolences to you and your family.
Hope to make it down Monday to visit with you!

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