Roger Anthony Hanak - Passed away on February 07, 2022

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Roger Anthony Hanak
  • Passed away on February 07, 2022

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With profound sadness we announce the passing of Roger on February 7, 2022.

A mechanical engineer, spending the majority of his career at Kennedy Space Center, Roger contributed to the success of the shuttle program. While in high school, college, and at the Cape he established friendships that lasted his lifetime. Roger took pride in mentoring young engineers and guys at the gym. He was an intense wrestler in college and enjoyed fishing as a young boy.

His love for fishing is what most will remember about him. He was fearless in deep sea fishing, even running his 21-foot Grady White to the weather buoy 120 miles with only one motor! When not boating or fishing, Roger enjoyed working out and cycling. He was focused and determined; some may even say lovingly stubborn.

A dedicated husband, father, son, and friend. Roger will be incredibly missed by all that knew him. He was the beloved husband of Kristen, father of daughters Karah and Kayla, and son of Robert. Predeceased by his mother Kimlan.

A Celebration of Life will be held on March 6, 2022 from 1:00-4:00pm at the Brannon Center, 105 South Riverside Drive in New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168.


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Date & Time:
March 6, 2022 at 1:00 PM

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  1. David Slaiman says:
    07 Feb 2024
    Missing you Rog. RIP.

  2. Suzanne Poyer lit a candle:
    18 Jun 2022
    Lit since June 18, 2022 at 6:44:37 PM

  3. Paula lit a candle:
    06 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 6, 2022 at 3:42:55 PM

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    06 Mar 2022
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    05 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 5, 2022 at 3:05:39 AM

  6. Julie Stinnett says:
    02 Mar 2022
    Roger was a wonderful human! We laughed, our TVC group at AF played jokes on each other, he was serious, smart, and hardheaded. I always had respect for Roger. I admired his dedication to his family, fishing and staying in shape. There really aren't any words that can ease the pain of losing those we love, all I can say is he loved his family with all his heart and he will always be in your heart. Prayers Julie S.

  7. Sussn says:
    02 Mar 2022
    I will miss him yelling to me “knoodles”!
    Always a smile and great stories he had indeed.

  8. Lois Kroupa says:
    02 Mar 2022
    Roger - yes, lovingly stubborn, yet truthful, loyal, caring. I could always depend on you for listening to my thoughts whether work or living life. So Blessed with memories of humor (George and Wheezie - we got along like the Jefferson's. - LOL) and friendship. May Roger's family find peace in the many loving memories of a wonderful life spent together.

  9. Steve and Kim Weiss says:
    02 Mar 2022
    Roger was a lifelong friend with an intense passion for everything that he enjoyed. He was a loving family man and loyal to his friends. Our families have shared many travels and adventures over the years and his loss leaves a hole the will never be filled. We miss you my brother!!

  10. Tom Ingram says:
    02 Mar 2022
    May the peace of the Lord be with Roger and his family.

  11. Burgess Todd says:
    02 Mar 2022
    So sorry to hear of the loss of Roger. Such a great person and condolences to his friends and family. Enjoyed our time together in USA supporting SRB. Till we meet again my friend. RIP

  12. Kathy says:
    02 Mar 2022
    I can't remember the last time Roger referred to me by my name. I was always SIL and he was BIL. We would talk about Singh's Roti Shop in Orlando and the Trini food there. I brought him doubles for his birthday, he reciprocated by bringing me doubles that he picked up on one of his trips through Orlando. When I decided to move back to Florida in 2000, he was instrumental in getting me hired at the cape. I was proud to work with him and watch him succeed in his career. He was a great husband to my sister and father who raised two independent, intelligent and beautiful daughters. He was a great BIL and I will miss him very much.

    Rest in peace BIL. Love SIL.

  13. Patty and Phil says:
    02 Mar 2022
    Phil and I are shocked and saddened to learn of Rogers passing. If anyone lived life well, it was Roger with his family always by his side. Roger a man to be admired for how he lived his life honestly with integrity and humor. He will not be forgotten , with deepest sympathy and love.

  14. Lori morris says:
    01 Mar 2022
    I am so saddened to hear this! It is hard to imagine the two of you not together.. you were such an amazing team! Hugs love and prayers to you and your family!! Praying for you all! Love you!

  15. Candace Testaverde says:
    27 Feb 2022
    Peace to all.

    Candy Testaverde

  16. Patrick Cepek says:
    26 Feb 2022
    In a generation that worked too much, Roger managed to really live life well. He was the glue that held together a vast and diverse group of very good friends. We miss him ....

  17. John Murphy says:
    25 Feb 2022
    Roger was a unique and wonderful individual. He was a great and wise leader and advisor. Obviously lost too soon.
    Love Murf

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