Lewis Edward Hanna, 86, of Lanesboro died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at Maple Manor Nursing Home in Rochester.

He was born Feb. 28, 1928, in Battle Creek, Mich., to Lewis and Thelma (Jewell) Hanna.

He grew up in Battle Creek and joined the Merchant Marines at age 16 and sailed with them until joining the U.S. Army in 1948.

He met and married Anna Dierl in 1952, and they lived a long and happy life until she died in 2013.

He had a 21-year Army career and saw assignments in Germany, Vietnam, Japan and served several locations in the United States. While in the Army, he earned his high school GED and completed one year of college. His assignments in the Army were with the Recoilless Rifle, Military Police and Signal Corps.

After the service, he worked with Georgia Regional Hospital and TRW in Augusta, Ga., where he and his wife lived for 39 years. They relocated to Lanesboro in 2004 to be closer to family.

He enjoyed woodworking, movies and military history.

He is survived by his daughter, Lydia (Joe) O'Connor of Byron; grandchildren, Tara (Mike) O'Donnell of Aliso Viejo, Calif., and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian O'Connor of Stafford, Va.; two great-grandchildren, Abigail and Jeffrey Novak.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, Nov. 20, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Lanesboro, with the Rev. Thomas Loomis officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Burial will take place at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Lanesboro, with military honors provided by the Lanesboro American Legion Post 40.

Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro is assisting the family with arrangements.