Kirk Pitman Hansen of Ann Arbor, Michigan, formerly of Lake Isabella, age 49, passed away on May 14, 2024. He was born August 5, 1974, in Columbia, Missouri, the son of John Christian and Elizabeth Ann (Hornyak) Hansen.

Kirk graduated from Chippewa Hills High School in Remus in 1994. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Central Michigan University in 1998. In 2000, he received a Master of Fine Arts in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. In recent years, he lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and did contract technical writing.

Kirk was focused on creative pursuits. A poet, writer, musician and artist, he carried a deep appreciation for fine art, music, dancing, writing, and, especially, poetry. He was the lead guitar player in the band “Proud.” He met Rebekah when he was twenty years old. They shared a spiritual connection and had many adventures together. Kirk was reverent about life and had a unique presence that drew people to him. Kirk often said his greatest accomplishment was his daughter Anya, who was his world. He was a kind, gentle and devoted father to her.

Kirk is survived by his wife, Rebekah Bissell Hansen of Ann Arbor; his parents, John and Elizabeth Hansen of Chelsea; his daughter, Anya Hansen of Ann Arbor; his brother, Keith (Jennifer) Hansen of Jackson; uncle, Mike Hornyak of Ypsilanti; and nephews Ray Davis and Kyle Hansen of Jackson.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, with Rev. Mandy Beal from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor officiating. The family will receive friends before the service Tuesday, from 4-6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the college fund for Anya. You can donate online at (use code Q9F-997) or make checks to Michigan Education Savings Program.

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