There will be a visitation for Michael from 1-3 at Cress Funeral Home (3610 Speedway Road), followed by a funeral service. Following the service, we will be gathering at Pitcher's Pub (323 W Beltline Highway (Frontage Rd)) to share memories and fellowship.
MADISON - Michael Scott Hannes, age 46, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012.
He was born on June 21, 1966, in Madison, to Louis and Jeanne Hannes. He graduated from Brookfield East High School. He earned a degree in Forestry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a member of the Acacia Fraternity. On June 11, 1994, he married his soul mate, Gwen Schmidt. The love of their lives, son Henry, was born on Dec. 24, 2008. Michael loved being a father and shared his zest for life with his son. There are many experiences he still wanted to share with Henry.
Michael's passions were plenty. He enjoyed bicycling, traveling, camping and was an avid Packers and Badgers fan. Over the years, he raised thousands of dollars for MS by selling Mardi Gras beads and participating in the Best Damn Bike tour, riding his bike hundreds of miles. Michael was a regular blood donor and "Santa" to some of our community's poorest children. His generosity for many causes will not be forgotten. He was also a member of the Parrot Head Club in Madison. Michael loved nature and trees. He worked for the last 15 years as an arborist for the City of Madison. Michael also spent several years doing prairie restorations in southern Wisconsin.
Michael is survived by wife, Gwen; son, Henry; mother, Jeanne Hannes; brothers and sisters-in-law David, Staci and their daughter, Annabelle and Thomas and Cathy; and Aunt, Nancy and Uncle, Will Roe and their children, Rob and Patricia.
He was preceded in death by his father, Louis; and his paternal and maternal grandparents.
The family would like to thank the kind and excellent treatment from everyone at Carbone and B6-6.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851.
"Michael, you touched us all with your valiant fight. We love you and will miss you. Sail on!"
A memorial service will take place on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at 3 p.m. at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, with a visitation from 1 p.m. until the time of service