Marvin Lee “Marv” Hanners, 88, passed away December 2, 2019

Marvin Lee “Marv” Hanners, 88, of St. Joseph, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus at Pine Ridge in Stevensville, on Monday, December 2, 2019 surrounded by his family as they read in unison to him the 23rd Psalm and the Lord’s Prayer.

Marv was born February 14, 1931 in Campbell, Missouri to Andrew & Josie (Sorrels) Hanners. He proudly served his country in the United States Army, earning the rank of Corporal and several medals during the Korean War. On September 7, 1951 in South Bend, IN, he married the former Mildred Marie Cortson, his Millie. Marv was employed by Remington Rand & Twin City Container for several years, and retired from Whirlpool Corp. in St. Joseph in 1992. In retirement, Marv worked several years as a funeral associate at Starks & Menchinger Chapel. He was a former member of Niles Road Community Church where he served on the Board of Directors, as the Sunday School Superintendant, Communion Director and usher, and was a current member of First Church of God in St. Joseph where he served as an usher for many years. He loved gardening and provided his tomatoes to his family and neighbors. He enjoyed reading Louis L’Amour and watching westerns movies. Marv could fix anything and helped anyone in need. Marv enjoyed deer hunting and fishing in his earlier years. Most of all Marv was a devoted family man, a loving husband, father, grandfather, great and great-great grandfather.

Marv is survived by his daughter, Patricia (Don) Gruntman of St. Joseph; son, Ronald (Char) Hanners of St. Joseph; four grandchildren, Lori (Andy) Thompson, Angela Hanners, Donald (Cori) Gruntman, Jr., and Kellie (Jamie) Zehm; seven great-grandchildren, Anna Thompson, Charlie Williams, and Austyn Gruntman, Tobin Zehm, Sadie (Chris) Trotti, Jared Newman and Sam Newman; great-great grandchildren, Cleo & Layton Trotti; his brother Ken Hanners; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Marv was preceded in death by Millie, his wife of 64 years on September 6, 2015, his parents, grandson-in-law, Michael Moore; great-granddaughter, Mackenzie Gruntman, and siblings-Mary “Kat” Hollingsworth, Franklin Hanners, Dale Hanners & Wendell Hanners.

A Celebration of Life Eternal will be held 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev. David Colp officiating. Burial will follow at North Shore Memory Gardens in Coloma, with Military Rites conducted by the North Berrien Military Rites Team. Friends may visit with the family from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to First Church of God or Caring Circle Hospice. Those wishing to sign Marv’s Memory Book online may do so at The family wishes to thank the staff at Pine Ridge and Caring Circle Hospice for making Marv’s journey easier this past year. Marvin Lee Hanners, well done, good and faithful servant! 

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