Michael LeRoy Hansen, age 76, of Isanti died unexpectedly February 22, 2023 at home. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 P.M. Friday, MARCH 3rd at Strike Life Tributes in Isanti. A visitation will be held two hours prior to the service. Michael is survived by his wife, Vira; daugther, Julie (Shane) Turner; granddaughter, Kaylin; 2 sisters, other relatives and friends.
Do not mourn for me, but celebrate the life I have lived. Mike was born in Robbinsdale MN on November 19th 1946 to Ruby and Clifford Hansen. He has two sisters, Sandy (Jack) Knowlen and Cindy (Steve) Tsukichi.
Mike grew up in St. Francis, MN and graduated high school in St. Francis in 1965.
In September of 1967, he married his high school sweetheart Vira Herrboldt at the Methodist Church in Anoka. They lived in Anoka for a few years before moving to their home in Isanti. They have one child, Julie.
Mike and Vira enjoyed camping and vacations from Alaska to the Caribbean.
Mike was a drywall taper for his career, not hanging up his trowel until 2022.
Mike loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a gun safety instructor for several years.
Mike loved to play cribbage with his two favorite hunting/fishing partners, his brother-in-law Steve and his son-in-law Shane. When Mike got a tablet to play cribbage he claimed that the game cheated.
When Mike’s granddaughter Kaylin was born, he thought she hung the moon and stars. Mike got Kaylin on and off the bus for many years. They would watch Hogan’s Heros and Gunsmoke in the afternoons together. Mike loved hunting and fishing with Kaylin. She was brought up to deer camp from the time she was born. Grandpa Mike always volunteered to be the afternoon shift to watch her…so they both could get a nap in.
One of Mike’s favorite places to be was at his sister Cindy and brother-in-law Steve’s house in Thief River Falls. He loved sitting on their deck watching the river go by, playing cribbage with Steve and Shane…and of course having a few beers. Mike tended to extend his stay even though he wasn’t invited to. I am sure many times Cindy and Steve thought he was moving in for good.
When Mike’s granddaughter Kaylin joined the Air Force you could not have found a prouder Grandpa. He wore his Air Force Grandpa hat everywhere. Just this past Christmas Mike spent a day with Kaylin teaching her how to make his famous Chicken Noodle soup.
Do not mourn for me, but celebrate: a celebration of life party to be announced at a later date.