By Press Release
Published Thursday, April 13, 2017 9:51 am
Michael Edward Hennessey died March 16, 2017, at his son's home in Brookings, Ore. He was 79.
He was born in Sioux City, Iowa, Oct. 12, 1938, to Raymond Hennessey and Evelyn Thomas.His parents both remarried, and Mr. Hennessey gained a step-sister and two half-sisters.
He spent most of his childhood in Eckert and Yakima, Wash. His family moved to California when he was a teenager, where he attended Cal Poly High School and participated in the ROTC program. By graduation, he was the cadet commandant to the Greater Los Angeles ROTC program, the highest rank attainable.
He joined the U.S. Army in 1956 and was stationed in Germany until 1959. He was honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant.
On June 10, 1961, he married Mary Ann Hill in Arcata, Calif. They moved to Oxnard, North Hollywood, Houston and New Orleans before settling in Cedaredge in 1976.
In 1979, he founded Hennessey Realty. He was an instrumental part of a core group of real estate agents in starting the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). He also operated a side business, Burd Products, where he made hummingbird feeders in a workshop on his property.
Mr. Hennessey was a town councilman for eight years, a member of Lions, and a founding member of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce and Cedaredge Booster Club. He was involved in the development of the golf course and Surface Creek walking path.
The Hennesseys moved to Brookings, Ore., at the end of January 2017 in hopes of improving his health.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; sons, Wendall (Angela) Hennessey of Grand Junction and Steve (Bonnie) Hennessey of Brookings, Ore.; a daughter, Beverly (Steve) Ray of Wasilla, Alaska; grandchildren, Alissa (Michael) Nichols of Helper, Utah, Sara (Jordan) Adams of Clinton, Md., Thomas (Amanda) Hennessey of Colorado Springs, Danielle Ray and Tyler Ray, both of Wasilla, Alaska, Ryan Hennessey of Denver, Desmond Hennessey of Grand Junction; great-grandchildren, Elisha and Titus Adams of Clinton, Md., and Ajyalinn, Taydin, and Treyvin Hennessey of Colorado Springs; and numerous extended family.
He was preceded in death by his eldest son, Tommy Hennessey, through infant loss; parents, Raymond Hennessey, Evelyn Marshall, Tom Marshall, Gladys Marshall and Goldie Blair; three sisters; five great-grandchildren, Tryne, Kristine, Angel and Shiloh Nichols through pregnancy loss; and Kaylie Jayce Ray on Nov. 25, 2016.
Condolences may be sent to 19921 Whaleshead Road, Unit i14, Brookings, OR 97415.