CHRISTOPHER HANNER
1983 - 2021
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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.

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Published in Muskegon Chronicle from Apr. 22 to Apr. 25, 2021.
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May 3, 2021
Beloved Father in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thu will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Father, we thank you for the life and marriage and family you created for Chris and through Chris. We thank you that if he could no longer be here with us, he is there with you. Lord, our hearts are broken over our loss. Please comfort us. Especially precious Kirby. Lord, our hearts rejoice over the time we had Chris with us. Help us to focus how full and rich our memories are and rejoice in your goodness. God, we are begging you to increase our faith during this crushing time of grief knowing you have plans for our lives, plans of goodness and blessings. Help us turn our hearts and our minds to eternity and your kingdom where love never fails, tears are kept in bottles and death has no sting. We love you, Lord. We thank you for the gift of eternal life with you and all our brothers and sisters in your and now also our family. Comfort Kirby. Guard her mind body and soul and bring her rest, peace and your constant presence. Thank you, Jesus. Show us how to love with a broken heart like you do. Amen.
Heather Calkins
Friend
April 27, 2021
I met Chris at Omega rehab in Thousand Oaks California he was such an amazing chiropractor. So kind and loving to his patients. I Was so happy when the two of you showed up at church , Anthem Church in Thousand Oaks. Chris will always be remembered as a kind and gentle soul, full of grace. May the lord bless you and nurture you Kirby and family now and always.
Roberta Young
Friend
April 27, 2021
Chris and I, shared some great times together in our teenage years. I spent a lot of time at the Hanner household growing up. I'll never forget his dad teaching us Texas Hold Em or his mother dyeing my hair as blonde as Chris' our senior year. Extremely sad we never got a chance to catch up post high school. So sorry for your loss Hanner family.
Kevin David
Classmate
April 26, 2021
So sorry Mandy...He was sure educated & accomplished so much in his short life. May the good memories of him stay with you. I have been through it also and am always here for you. Love always.
Nancy (Rose) Colbert
Friend
April 26, 2021
We are so sorry to read about Chris’ passing. Gone far too soon! Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Jack & Rita Winteringham
Friend
April 25, 2021
So sorry Mandy for your loss! My paryers go out to you and your family!❤
Chris Homan
Classmate
April 24, 2021
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April 24, 2021
Mandy, John, Megan & Family,

Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us ever day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so misses and so very dear.

I am incredibly sorry for your loss. I loved watching Christopher grow up and remembering how fun it was to babysit him. What an accomplished young man! Thinking and praying for comfort for all of you.

Lori & Rich Denness (Skinner)
Lori Denness (Skinner)
Friend
April 23, 2021
I had the honor of watching one of my best friends fall deeply in love with an amazing man. His since of humor, his intelligence, his kind soul and most of all, how much he loved my dear friend, Kirby are just some of the reasons I loved him so much! My heart goes out to you Kirby, Graham and his family. I pray that through faith, you will find peace. His time on this earth was short lived but he made a tremendous impact.
Love to you all,
God Bless!
China Cameron
Friend
April 23, 2021
Mandy, John, (Benny), Megan, Kirby, and Graham. My sincerest sympathy to you, your families, and friends. May the strength of Chris' faith in God grow and comfort you as you mourn his passing.
Cherish all the good times.
God Bless,
Larry Larson
LARRY LARSON
Friend
April 23, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Thomas J Cagney
Friend
April 23, 2021
Dear Kirby, I am so deeply sorry for yours and Graham loss. I am so glad you had time to love and care for Chris if only a short time. You and you families have been in our prayers. I am glad that Chris is well again in Jesus arms. Love to you and Graham.
Dawn Chaffee
Friend
April 23, 2021
Oh, Mandy and family my heart breaks for you all! I’m so very sorry for the lost of Chris. My heart felt sympathy to all of you.
Martha Webb
Friend
April 22, 2021
My heart goes out to you Mandy and Chris' wife, son, sister and family. I know God and Chris will keep you close and safe. Love to you all. Sheila Cornfield
Sheila K Cornfield
Friend
April 22, 2021
Hammer, Mandy, Megan, Kirby and Graham, We're so sorry to hear of Chris's passing. Just reading about this accomplished young man makes us wish we had gotten to know him. He couldn't have asked for a finer family to walk through his short journey of life. He will live on through Graham and all your wonderful memories. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. May you all find peace. All our love, Susie Q and Mike Kotecki
Susan R. Kotecki
Friend
April 22, 2021
My heart goes out to Mandy, and to all of Chris' loves ones, in this time of loss and sorrow. My prayers are for comfort and peace, knowing that Chris is in Jesus' presence, and finally free of pain. May his memory live on in each and every one of your hearts.
Jeanne Radley
Acquaintance
April 22, 2021
Mandy and family,
So sorry to hear this news. My condolences go out to you.
Dianne Campbell
Friend
April 22, 2021
Mandy and John I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that his memories fill your life's with joy. I pray for God's grace to see you both thru your journey...
Thadeus Siuda
Friend
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