Brandon M. “Don” Haneckow, 25, of Rogers City, passed from this life September 18, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Muskegon, with his loved ones at his bedside. He was born April 5, 1992 to Janel Haneckow and Bill Reutter in Alpena.
On June 6, 2010 he graduated from Rogers City High School. During his tenure at Rogers City High School, Brandon participated in Natural Helpers and lettered in three varsity sports. In the fall, on Friday nights, he wore No. 10 for the Rogers City Hurons’ football team. In the winter, he wrestled at 152 pounds for the Hurons’ wrestling program. In the spring, he served as the team captain of the Hurons’ and field track program, where he made back-to-back state final appearances in 2009 and 2010 as an exceptional high jumper.
After high school, Brandon enlisted in the United States Army. Brandon served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, assigned to the 65th Military Police Company, 503rd Military Police Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade. After four years and 11 months of service, having been deployed to both Qatar and South Korea, Brandon was honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant in the spring of 2015. During his time in the Army, Brandon was also enrolled at Ashford University where he earned two bachelor’s degrees; one in business administration and the other in real estate studies.
Following his military service, Brandon moved back to Michigan where he enrolled at Grand Valley State University. He graduated in the spring of 2017, with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science. Brandon then enrolled in Ferris State University’s School of Pharmacy as a Pharm. D. candidate and began classes in August of 2017.
Brandon was not only a terrific son, brother and father; he was also an amazing friend and community member. He was a devout Lutheran and a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Rogers City. He was proud to be raised in Rogers City and he let everyone that he encountered know that. His devotion was exemplified with his membership and participation in the Rogers Masonic Lodge No. 493; Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 607; Military Police Regimental Association; Student Veterans of America; Colleges Against Cancer; and the American Chemical Society. His friends and family would describe him as determined, dependable, intellectual, courageous and passionate. Brandon made every second of every day count.
Brandon was preceded in death by his sister, Nicole Faye Molzan, (August 22, 1997); and grandparents Robert and Mona Haneckow, and grandfather Hugh Ruetter.
He is survived by his daughter, Lorelei Haneckow; his wife, Grace; mother, Janel Haneckow; and stepfather, Jon Molzan; his father, Bill Reutter; two brothers, Andrew Selke and Jonathan Molzan; grandmother Muriel Ruetter; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Chad and Rebecka VanDyke; many aunts, uncles, cousins and hundreds of people that he called his friends.
Visitation was Friday, September 22, with a military tribute and prayer service that evening. Visitation continued Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church in Rogers City until the funeral service with the Rev. Eric Voigt officiating. Burial immediately followed at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Posen. Online condolences may be sent to www.hentkowskifuneral.com.