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Tom Hanlon

Tom Hanlon

Jan. 13, 1940-April 15, 2014

Former Detroit Lakes resident Thomas Patrick Hanlon, 74, of Minnetonka, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 18 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, with Monsignor Timothy McGee officiating. Interment will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery.

The visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 5:30 and Parish Vigil at 6 p.m., all at David-Donehower Funeral Home, continuing for one hour prior to Friday's services at the church.

Thomas Patrick Hanlon was born to Thomas Patrick and Mary Gertrude (Proctor) Hanlon on January 13, 1940 in Dublin, Ireland. He was raised and educated in Dublin, attending grades 1-8 at Presentation Convent. Tom graduated from Terenure College in 1958. He served with the FCA in Ireland, 1957-59. He worked at the Ford dealership with his father, where he learned to sell and repair automobiles.

In December 1967 he came to the United States, where he worked for Import Auto Sales in Long Beach, Calif. Tom was united in marriage to Barbara Ann Noll, June 28, 1975 in Hobart, Ind. They made their home in Long Beach. He also took law classes at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif. He became a U. S. Citizen in 1977.

Tom worked as service manager for Bill Jones Sports Car Agency in Costa Mesa, Calif., for Hegert Imports in Huntington Beach and operated Hanlon Foreign Car Service in Laguna Hills.

They moved on August 15, 1984 to Detroit Lakes, where Tom owned and operated Hanlon Foreign Car Service, 1985-2000. He then drove bus for Olander Bus Service, was a courtesy driver for Norseman Motors and was a greeter at Walmart.

Tom received a certification in Smog Analysis, was a certified scuba diver in Los Angeles County and served two terms on the Holy Rosary School Board. He enjoyed singing in the church choir, the WE Fest Gospel Choir, and several Irish singing groups, including Northwoods Crossing.

He also enjoyed time with his family, storytelling, camping, was a World War II buff and enjoyed being the first one to dive into the lake in the spring.

Surviving Tom are his wife Barbara, of Minnetonka; four daughters, Erin (Terrell Durrant) Hanlon of Eden Prairie, Megan (Arturo) de la Cruz of Inver Grove Heights, Tara (Jonathan Nevins) Hanlon-Nevins of Minneapolis and Katie Anneliese Hanlon of Minnetonka; one granddaughter, Pearl Mae and another, Megan, due in May; two brothers, George (Emily) of Maynooth, Ireland and John (Lyla) of Prosperous, Ireland; and a sister, Margaret (David Harris) Hanlon of Mountainside, N.J.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Kenneth O'Hanlon; and a sister, Maureen Collins.

David-Donehower Funeral Home ( is serving the family