Obituary of John Hanas

John Hanas, 63, of Florida, passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family, Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 8:55 pm in Deland, Florida.

Visitation of friends will be held on Thursday, April 11 at Lankford Funeral Home in Deland, FL from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Memorial service will be held at Lankford Funeral Home on Friday, April 12 at 11:00 am with Pastor Daniel Glenn of Stetson Baptist Church officiating. 

John was born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania to John and Emily Hanas on October 20, 1955. He was a student at Charleroi High School and graduated in 1973.  He went on to earn a degree at Vale Technical Institute, Blairsville, Pennsylvania . He also received his teaching certificate from the University of Pittsburgh in automotive vocational education.  He worked as an automobile and heavy-duty truck mechanic for 10 years before becoming the service manager for Bill Ray Nissan in 1985.  He then worked for Nissan’s corporate office as the southeast region UD Warranty Manager.  John enjoyed drag racing, collecting corvettes, riding his Harley and offshore boat racing.  He campaigned his own offshore boat along with others before joining Lucas Oil offshore race team.  He enjoyed watching his favorite NFL team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, with his family and friends.  One of his most honored moments was being the Grand Marshall at the ARCA racing series in 2018 at Daytona International Speedway.

John is preceded in death by his parents, John and Emily Hanas; his brother Kenneth Hanas; and brother-in-law Terry Jenkins.

John is survived by his wife Karen Todd Hanas of Deland and son Adam Hanas.  Also surviving are his sister Kathleen Hanas Jenkins; brothers-in-law Scott Todd (Becky), Jim Todd (Esther), sisters-in-law Nancy Todd Grimes (Lamar) and Beth Todd.  He was loved by his nieces and nephews; Amy (Kris), Ryan, Brandon (Olivia), Hope, Brandon (Paula), Melissa (Micah), Carrie-Ann (Dylan), Jeremy (Corey), Hayley-Anne (Alec), Kaelah (Josh), Madison, Moriah and Garrett and several great nieces and nephews. 

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Halifax Health Hospice for their support in his final days.