Donald D. Hanel, age 73, lifelong resident of Clare, passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at the MidMichigan Medical Center in Clare. Donald was born the son of Edward and Jessie (Agle) Hanel on September 27, 1938 in Clare. He was united in marriage to Mary Lou Gaudard on September 17, 1960 with her predeceasing him on September 19, 2003. Donald had worked as a Welder and Pipefitter through Union Local 85. He loved competing in Garden Tractor pulls as well as spending time outdoors Hunting and Fishing. Donald was a Life Member of the Clare V.F.W. Post 5738.
Donald is survived by his children Bill (Jeania M. Canel) of Clare and Rebecca Hanel of Lake; a sister Sally (Keith) Koebel of Midland; and 5 grandchildren Dani Hanel, Skie Hanel, Bradley Hanel, Chase Hanel and Leah Canel.
Services will take place on Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at the Clare Chapel of Stephenson-Wyman Funeral Home with Rev. Dennis Bromley officiating. Burial will be in the Cherry Grove Cemetery in Clare. Visitation will be held on Friday from 2-5 and 7-9 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made to MidMichigan Home Care and Hospice. On-line guestbook at www.stephenson-wyman.com