John Lawrence Hans, age 57, of Blissfield, died Friday morning, August 1, 2014, at ProMedica Toledo Hospital following a very brief illness. John was born May 8, 1957, in Detroit, the son of David and Marie (Kitzinger) Hans. He married Margaret A. (Leszczynski) on May 18, 1984, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Farmington. John is the beloved and devoted husband of 30 years to Margaret; loving father of Bridget (Rick) Stein; cherished son of Marie and the late David (d. 1985); dear brother of Eric (Lynne) Hans, Gretchen (Ed) Guisbert and Heidi (Jeff) Lapham; and grandfather to a beautiful granddaughter due in December of 2014. John loved and served his country in the armed forces for 7 years, and was a member of the Pershing Missile Unit based in Neckarsulm, Germany and Lawton, Oklahoma. While in Oklahoma, he completed his Bachelors Degree in Marketing at Cameron University. John retired from his career of 21 years at Milan Federal Correctional Institution. He was always an active participant in life, not simply an observer. He had a zest for living and a contagious, youthful energy. John’s laugh came easy to him, and all who knew him loved his incredible sense of humor. John had many opinions, and loved to share them with others. John loved being around children and animals, especially his beloved dog Jack. As a strong and dependable provider, John was a pillar of strength during difficult times. He always knew the best things to say in tough situations. John was accepting of others and would help anyone in need. John’s interests were mostly centered around being outdoors and included riding his Harley, grilling food, walking his dog, going fishing and camping, and sharing a beer with friends and family. He also enjoyed relaxing by watching the news, or football and other sports. John was also an aspiring rock musician in his youth and continued to jam on his drums into recent years. The Funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, Aug. 4, at 11 a.m. at St. Gerald Catholic Church, 21300 Farmington Rd., Farmington. Interment, with Military Honors, at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, immediately followed Mass. Memorial gifts are suggested to Paralyzed Veterans of America or the Wounded Warrior Project. Arrangements entrusted to Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, 23720 Farmington Rd., Farmington, MI 48336 (248) 474-5200, www.heeney-sundquist.com.