He was born March 1, 1942, in Terre haute, to Arnold G. and Daisey May (Dante) Hanson.
Mike graduated from Van Buren High School in 1963, and vocational school at Gerstmeyer in Terre Haute and Ivy Tech in Evansville.
He married Dolores Lanham on March 11, 1967.
Mike worked at J.I. Case Corporation for 20 years and Case/New Holland for six years. He held union positions, including president of local and president of Employees Federal Credit Union.
Mike worked as a liaison between politicians and the J.I. Case Corporation assisting them in obtaining military contracts for Case Corporation.
He worked on United Way and area Labors Day Committee.
Mike was instrumental in forming the Unity Team Union for state employees made up of UAW and AFL-CIO and Teachers Unions. He worked as a correctional officer for six-and-a-half years and helped form the unity team for state employees. He also served seven-and-a-half years as a labor representative on the Katherine Hamilton Center board of directors.
Mike has attended Wesley Chapel, Berea and most recently, Christ Community Church. Mike loved the Lord and enjoyed working with the children in the church and community.
Mike was preceded in death by his father parents Raymond and Annise Hirt and a brother Gilbert Hanson.
Survivors include his wife Dolores, son William Eric Hanson (Sheri), Canon City, Colo., daughter Melinda Weir, Brazil, grandchildren Reta, Keisandra and Kenna Hanson and Nicholas, Bethany and Julie Weir, sister Ardith Martin (Charles), West Jefferson, Ala., as well as several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at French Funeral Home, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Bee Ridge Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home Wednesday, from 3-7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Clay Community Parks Association, Attn: Skate Park PO Box 308, Brazil, Ind., 47834.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.