HANNER, CHRISTOPHER 7/11/1983 - 4/13/2021 Mission Viejo, CA On Tuesday morning April 13th, 2021, Christopher (Chris) John Hanner's body surrendered to cancer at his home in Mission Viejo, California. As he took his last breath, he was surrounded by his wife, both of his parents, and his mother-in-law. Chris' legacy lives on in all who loved him. His endearing mixture of facetious humor and disarming gentleness live on in his close friends and family - those lucky enough to really know him. His faithfulness and trust in Jesus live on in all who have worshiped alongside him; all who have studied and pondered God's word with him; and in all who watched him courageously endure ulcerative colitis for all of his adulthood, as well as two cancer diagnoses in the past three years. His determination and work ethic live on in his football teammates, those he later coached on Whitehall's football team, and anyone who ever sought his health and wellness advice. His sharp mind and ability to question the status quo live on in his classmates and fellow knowledge seekers. He is a 2001 graduate of Whitehall High School. He went on to earn his BA in biomedical sciences from Grand Valley State University, his MA in Public Health and Nutrition from The University of Michigan, and his Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine from Palmer College of Chiropractic. His deep understanding of the human body and ability to actively listen to others live on in his chiropractic patients. He practiced as a chiropractor in Michigan, Tennessee, Illinois, and California. His individual style, culinary skills, and love for a good dance party or jam session live on in anyone who ever celebrated or let loose with him. He often whipped up gourmet meals, never disappointed at a costume party, and loved to sing in his best Johnny Cash baratone. Known as "Uncle Fro' to his nieces and nephews, his glorious curly hair was a defining trait. His spirit for adventure lives on in anyone who ever joined him on a road trip or who was brave enough to jump into 50-degree Lake Michigan water with him. One of his main adventure partners was his cousin Mike, who shares his zest for life. After getting married in 2016, he and his wife, Kirby started their new adventure in Southern California - a place Chris had always dreamed of living. He worked as a chiropractor and they enjoyed all that region has to offer with its mountains, beaches, and culture. Chris achieved so much in his short 37 years. More than all of his ambitions, however, he desired to fall in love and have a family. In Kirby, Chris found his true love. And in December 2019, they brought their son, Graham, into this world. For five years, Chris knew the deep love of a marriage rooted in God, and for 15 months, he knew what it was to be a father. In his final days of life, loved ones sat with him and called him, reading him scripture and poems, sharing stories of fond memories, and expressing their love. Though Chris laid mostly still in his final days, he was preparing to embark on a journey into the arms of Jesus. In the great promise and mystery of life after death, he is now reunited with grandparents, several aunts and uncles, and three cousins who passed before him. Chris is survived by his loving and courageous wife, Kirby Hanner, and their spunky 15-month old son, Graham Sanford Hanner; his mother, Amanda Hanner; his father, John Hanner (Belinda Shavalier); his sister, Megan Rosenbach (Benjamin Rosenbach); his wife's parents Meredith and Sam Smith, along with Kirby's four siblings and their spouses; 11 adoring nieces and nephews; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. A memorial service will be held for Chris on July 11th, his 38th birthday, in Whitehall Michigan.
Published in Muskegon Chronicle from Apr. 22 to Apr. 25, 2021.