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Obituary: G. Michael Hanahan, Walloon Lake, Mich.

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 Walloon Lake Mich.

G. Michael Hanahan, age 76, of Walloon Lake, Michigan, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, June 7 2014.

Mike was born on November 8, 1937, in Shelbyville,  the son of James Elmo and Mary Slifer Hanahan.

Mike grew up on his family farm in Boggstown, where he spent his days fishing, hunting and learning about nature. A talented athlete, Mike turned down a full scholarship to play basketball at Indiana University and wisely chose to attend the University of Notre Dame, which pleased his mother. While at Notre Dame he played on both the Fighting Irish’s basketball and baseball teams. Mike graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce.

Mike married Barbara "Babs" Hilger (Saint Mary’s College ’58) whom he met at a Notre Dame basketball game - of course. Mike and Babs married in 1960 and began their life together in Columbus. After moves to Chicago, and Columbus, Ohio, they settled with their four children in Birmingham, Michigan, where they stayed for 34 years. After a long and successful career in sales, Mike established GMH Associates, a Manufacturers Rep firm where he was sole owner for twenty years.

Mike discovered Walloon Lake in 1972 and never looked back. A devoted dad and proud grandfather, he then took his family to Walloon Lake each summer to share his love of northern Michigan. In 2001, Mike and Babs moved to the shores of Walloon Lake to spend their retirement. They loved the arrival of Fall color and apple festivals, snowshoeing on the frozen lake and sunset boat cruises.

Those who knew Mike remember his love of the outdoors and Brittany Spaniels. His life passion was fishing and grouse hunting. Also an avid gardener, Mike could be found tending his Iris collection at his home on Walloon Lake.

Mike was known and loved best for his gentle manner, keen insight and great humor, which he kept even in the face of physical hardship.

Mike will be missed by Babs, his loving wife of 53 years; four children, Lucy (Robert) DaGiau, Julie (Robert) Foley, Michael (Julie) Hanahan and Sheila (Paul) Taylor; nine grandchildren, Hannah and Peter DaGiau, Gordon, Kyle, Grace and Robert Foley, Liam and Ava Hanahan, and Declan Taylor; and two brothers, John Patrick and James Richard.

The Celebration of Mike’s life will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 14 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Petoskey, Michigan. At 9:30 a.m. the Gathering Room at St. Francis Church will be open for family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, Michigan or Friends of the Crooked Tree District Library Walloon Lake, Michigan.

Stackus Funeral Home of Boyne City is serving the family. Friends and family wishing to share a thought or memory of Mike are encouraged to do so online at

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