Age 83, passed away May 8, 2016. He was born November 13, 1932, in Lansing, to Oscar and Sarah Hanchett. James graduated from high school, attended college and joined the U.S. Navy, where he served on the U.S.S. Forrestal. After his military service, he was employed at Ameritech as a switch supervisor.
He was preceded in death by his wife, JoJean; his sons, Michael and Ronald Hanchett; his parents; brothers, Richard, Ronald and George Hanchett. Surviving are: 2 sons, Timothy (Ruth Hughes) Hanchett, and Frederick (Dawn) Bottomley; 8 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Barbara, JoAnn and Carol Hanchett and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 13, 2016, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, with interment to follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. His family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:00 until service time on Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Autumwood of McBain in memory of James Hanchett.