Mr. Richard J. Hanlon, age 92, of Marion, passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at the VA Hospice and Palliative Care facility at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville. Born in New Haven County, Connecticut on November 30, 1927, Richard was a son of the late William Hanlon and Mary “Mabel” Schatzman Hanlon. He joined the U. S. Marine Corps at the age of 17 and served his country faithfully during World War II. Richard worked successfully in sales during his entire career. He devoted his life to his beloved wife, Helen (Perry) Hanlon, with whom he journeyed through this life on a first date that lasted 67 years. Helen preceded him in death in April of 2017. A granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Orlando, also passed before him.
Richard was a man of many interests and in keeping with his love of the outdoors, he enjoyed cross-country skiing, golf and bicycling, all pursuits that kept him very fit, mind and body, even into his late years. It has been said that a man’s handshake says a lot about him and Richard’s was strong and confident. He was something of a jokester, as anyone who spent much time around him will attest to, especially his grandchildren who heard more than once, in a lighthearted way, “Pick up your feet when you walk!”. Richard loved his family and his passing will leave a void in each of their hearts.
Surviving are four children, Deb Hanlon of Zebulon, Cynthia Hanlon Cotter of Marion, Mike Hanlon (Deb) of Marion, and John Hanlon (Lisa) of Zebulon; seven grandchildren, Jessica, Chris, Sean, Patrick, Emma, Kevin, and Zachary; seven great-grandchildren, Ethan, Ellianna, Braedan, Will, Claire, Harper, and Emmett; and a sister, Sergeant Betty Smith, of Michigan.
A service of remembrance and celebration of his life will take place on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. in the chapel of Westmoreland Funeral Home in Marion with Rev. Dean Owenby officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. A private interment service will take place later at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain where he will be laid to rest beside his beloved Helen. Flowers are acceptable and appreciated, however, those desiring to make a memorial contribution in his memory are encouraged to consider the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.westmorelandfuneralhome.com.
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