Memorial services for Michael Ray Hankinson, 51, of Gillette, Wyo., will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Stevenson-Wilson Funeral Home in Gillette, Wyo., with Pastor Bill Morel of the Family Life Church officiating.
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A second memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Belgrade Fire Hall, Pastor John Swanson officiating.
Michael Ray Hankinson "Radar" was born on Oct. 3, 1955, in Bozeman, the son of James E. Hankinson and Violet Wagner. Entering into his long journey home he passed on Sept. 26, 2007.
Mike spent his youth in Belgrade. In 1975, he moved to Alaska for a short period of time, then moved back to Montana and married Debra M. Armstrong in March 1977. After 24 years of marriage they divorced.
He joined the Army National Guard on Aug. 27, 1978, and continued until an honorable discharge on Oct. 23, 1989. Valier, Mont., is where the couple choose to live with their family until 1984 when he moved all of them to Mountain View, Wyo. In 1987, the family moved to the Gillette, Wyo., area.
He enjoyed spending time with family and friends: camping, fishing, and enjoying all the outdoors had to offer. Everyone enjoyed being around Mike because of his sense of humor and his calming nature.
He was preceded in death by his father, James E. Hankinson.
Grateful to have shared in his life are his children: Amy (Orson) Barney of Roosevelt, Utah, Shane Hankinson of Gillette, Wyo., Dusty (Priscilla) Hankinson of Phillipsburg, Kan., and Joshua (Yasmin) Hankinson of Carina, Iowa; his mother, Violet Hankinson of Billings; brothers, Jim (Debbie) Hankinson of Alliance, Neb., John (Mary) Hankinson of Helena, Bob (Deb) Hankinson of Belgrade, and Joe Hankinson of Billings; sisters, Pat (Rick) Dykstra of Bozeman, and Bev (Mick) Galic of Soldotna, Alaska; 14 grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of family members and friends.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in Mike's name in care of Stevenson-Wilson Funeral Home, 210 W. Fifth St., Gillette, WY 82716; www.stevensonwilson.com.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 2, 2007