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Jay "Mike" Hawley

December 14, 1932 February 23, 2019
Jay "Mike" Hawley
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Jay “Mike” Hawley was a kind-hearted man who had a positive outlook on life and enjoyed everything he did. His passion was for his family, his community, and his country. One of 13 children born to Harry and Grace (Brooks) Hawley, Mike was born on December 14, 1932 in Afton. He died at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey on Saturday February 23, 2019 at the age of 86.

After graduating from Onaway High School, Mike served in the U.S. Army as a tank driver during the Korean War. Very patriotic, Mike loved his country and was a member of the Onaway VFW Post 5857. Through the years Mike worked driving piling for road and bridge construction, managed the Marathon gas station in Onaway, delivered and set house trailers for Brewbaker’s Housing, and worked for Roman Engineering in Afton. He eventually retired from Detroit Tap and Tool in Cheboygan where he worked as a machinist for 30 years.

Mike and Mary Burrows were united in marriage at the Free Methodist Church in Onaway on October 4, 1952. Blessed with 66 years of marriage, Mike and Mary were a great team. Devoted to each other, rarely did you see one without the other. Close with his children, Mike enjoyed spending time with his family. He and his son, Roger, enjoyed tractor and car shows and going to the casino. Mike enjoyed reunions and any family gathering; the more family, the merrier!

A lifelong resident of Afton, Mike was well-liked and seemed to know everyone. He loved his community and served as Walker Township Supervisor and Trustee as well as belonging to the Afton Community Club. Mike was also a member of the Indian River Sportsman’s Club and was a 4-H Horse Club leader years ago.

An avid outdoorsman, Mike enjoyed camping, snowmobiling, and horseback riding. He loved to take rides through the woods and was always ready to play a hand of cards. Mike was kind-hearted and truly loved helping others never expecting anything in return. Easy-going, friendly, and extremely likable, he was never one to complain or hold a grudge. He loved deeply and lived life to the fullest every day of his 86 years. Mike will be fondly remembered and sadly missed.

Surviving Mike is his wife, Mary; son, Roger; and daughter, Randy (Dave) Haines, all of Afton; daughter, Krista (Ted) Siler; grandson, Jason Siler; and great grandson, Jeremiah Siler, all of Indian River. Mike also leaves three sisters, Minnie Jewel of Cheboygan, Ellen Ward of Horton, and Lottie (Ralph) Villilla of Los Lunas, New Mexico; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.

Mike was preceded in death by his grandson, Terry James Siler; sisters, Iva (Frank) Brown, Dorothy (Richard) Pratt, Clara Hawley, and Margaret Hawley; brothers, Fred (Edna), Joe (Katherine), Osmar (Betty, Louise), Oscar (June), and Alton (Ruby) Hawley; and brothers-in-law, Neil Jewel and Lawrence Ward.

Visitation will be at the Chagnon Funeral Home on Wednesday February 27, 2019 from 11:00 AM until the time of the funeral service and military honors beginning at 2:00 PM. Family friend, John Wilson will officiate. Mike’s final resting place will be in Afton at Walker Township Cemetery. Mike’s family has suggested in lieu of flowers contributions be made to McLaren Home Care and Hospice Volunteer Programs or to the Afton Community Club.


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Visitation

Wednesday

27

Feb

11:00 AM 2/27/2019 11:00:00 AM - 2:00 PM 2/27/2019 2:00:00 PM
Chagnon Funeral Home

20742 State Street
Onaway, Michigan 49765

Chagnon Funeral Home
20742 State Street Onaway 49765 Michigan
United States

Funeral Service

Wednesday

27

Feb

2:00 PM 2/27/2019 2:00:00 PM
Chagnon Funeral Home

20742 State Street
Onaway, Michigan 49765

Military Honors will begin at 2:00 pm

Chagnon Funeral Home
20742 State Street Onaway 49765 Michigan
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Walker Township Cemetery Final Resting Place

Walker Road
Afton, Michigan 49705

Walker Road Afton 49705 Michigan
United States

Memorial Contribution

McLaren Home Care & Hospice

McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation
360 Connable Ave., Suite 3
Petoskey, Michigan 49770
Hospice Volunteer Programs

Afton Community Club

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