Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes & Crematory

18 West Frederick Street, Staunton, VA


Howard Michael Hanna, Jr.

July 15, 1942March 11, 2020

Dr. Howard Michael Hanna, Jr., 77, passed away peacefully at home on March 11, 2020 after a courageous 18-month battle with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Mike was born July 15, 1942, in Charlottesville, Virginia, son of the late Dr. Howard Michael Hanna, Sr. and Mary Elam Hanna.

Mike graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1960 and from Virginia Military Institute in 1964. He then attended the Medical College of Virginia where he received his MD in 1968. Following his internship at MCV, he served in the U.S. Army for two years including a 12-month deployment to Vietnam where he was the medical officer for Fire Base Patton.

In 1971, Mike returned to Staunton where he joined the family practice of Drs. Sam Carter and Bill Painter in Fort Defiance. Early on, he recognized that the merger of King’s Daughters’ Hospital and Waynesboro Community Hospital was necessary in order to maintain quality health care in Augusta County. Consequently, in 1994, he played a role in the creation of Augusta Medical Center. Mike practiced in Fort Defiance until his retirement in 2011. During his tenure, the staff and patients were like a second family. He always went the extra mile for his patients, continuing to make house calls long after most physicians abandoned the practice. He would always listen attentively and provide thoughtful care to his patients. He saw taking care of others as an honor and privilege.

Surviving family members include his wife, Elizabeth; as well as two daughters, Sarah Foster (John) and Jennifer Williams (Jim); granddaughters, Katie Foster and Hanna Jane Spencer; and first wife and mother of his children, Annette S. Hanna.

Also surviving are his brothers, Van Hanna (Linda) and Bill Hanna (Karen); cousins, Hampton Hairfield, Jr. (Betty) and Elizabeth ‘Bebe’ Hairfield Kennedy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Stepchildren include Anne Kanjian (Bob), Erin Muller (Darrell) and Patrick Allebaugh. Mike has five step-grandchildren, Erin Williams, Jack Kanjian, Hannah Kanjian, Max Muller, and Madeline Muller.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Jim Lagrua, the staff of Home Instead Senior Care, especially Chyrl Hill, caregiver Brandie Pultz, and the AMC Hospice of the Shenandoah for their excellent care in helping Mike remain at home with his family and friends in his final months.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The MaDee Project, P.O. Box 850, Fishersville, VA, 22939. The MaDee Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides support to pediatric cancer patients in Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County. The project was established in memory of MaDee Boxler, a Fort Defiance High School graduate who battled pediatric cancer from 2008-2010. For more information, please visit www.theMaDeeProject.com

*****Due to the public health recommendations regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) the family has decided to postpone services because of health and safety concerns for friends and family. Service arrangements will be announced at a later date.*****

Arrangements have been entrusted to Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes of Staunton.

Relatives and friends may share condolences and memories with the family by visiting www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com


  • Memorial Service (Canceled) Monday, March 16, 2020


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Bruce Londeree

March 17, 2020

Terry and I want to send our condolences to the Hanna family on the passing of Mike. He was our family doctor for several years and I was fortunate to play golf with him many times over our years at The Country Club of Staunton / Club at Ironwood. Terry and I also ran into Mike numerous times at various auctions in the area. He will be very much missed and we send our love and best wishes to Bill, Van and the entire family.

George Warren

March 16, 2020

I am but one of many Brother Rats who benefitted from Mike's kindness, compassion, and skill. My family and I will always be grateful for care received at AMC. Our condolences to all who knew him.

Tracy Hunter

March 16, 2020

I will always remember my days with Mike at VMI. Not only were we brother rats but we were fellow chemistry majors as well. We shared many happy times and great conversations with each other during breaks from afternoon chem lab sessions. He was always looking for Bridge partners on the weekends and when I told him I didn’t know how to play he’d say “Don’t worry about that, I’ll teach you.” Thanks so much Mike for our friendship and wonderful memories.

Wendy Kern

March 15, 2020

I am so sorry and the team at Mulligan's will always remember Mike fondly! We always enjoyed seeing his smile walk in the door, I thoroughly my time with him on the lesson tee and he so apparently LOVED his wife, Liz, his family and the game of golf. We will be thinking of all of you during this time and praying that the good memories of your times together will help soften your grief.

God Bless,
Wendy Kern

David Meeks

March 15, 2020

Van and Bopper:

We are sorry for your loss and are thinking of you and your families during this difficult time.
- Your NBA Family

Sue Carpenter

March 14, 2020

Dr Hanna employed me not long after graduating from X-ray school. I was extremely excited to join the group at Fort Defiance Medical Center. He would critique my X-rays , teaching me much. What a great boss and a wonderful Physician . He always treated his employees with respect and he will be greatly missed. Prayers for his family and friends. So very sorry for your loss.

Sonja Waters

March 13, 2020

My condolences to the family.
Sonja Waters