In the early summer of 1955 Bill and Florence's youngest son Jerry W. Hanlin would return home form mortuary school and join the family profession. The Hanlins have now been serving the community for 27 years. In the fall of 1962 Bill and Florence decide to take a less active role in the business. Though making themselves available to assist Jerry and his wife Marion, they decide to pass the torch to the family's second generation to continue to serve with the strong foundational philosophy set forth in 1928, "Serve others as you would want to be served" and the Hanlins have now been serving the Millington community for 34 years.
Time progresses and many changes come about. The facility in 1977 underwent a complete change as the community needs and service requests began changing . The funeral home is given an entire new look for the community, the entryway is changed, a garage added, and many interior changes take place. But the philosophy remains sound and is still the foundation, and the Hanlin family has now been serving the community for 49 years.
Then in January of 1997 another change comes once again. Jerry and his wife Marion have now been actively serving the community for 35 years and the business is now in its 69th year. As Jerry's parents Bill and Florence had done, Jerry and Marion now once again pass the torch to the family's third generation, Dale & Pamela Hanlin to continue on the family business and continue to uphold the philosophy that has come to be very well respected throughout the Millington community and throughout the county as well. As times are changing people begin to see the rapid decline of family-owned funeral homes which are becoming a thing of the past. Today 2016 and 88 years later the Hanlin Funeral Home is still owned and operated by its founding family. Dale and Pam Hanlin are the family's third generation to continue on the family profession and still holding strong to the 88-year-old philosophy, "Serve others as you would want to be served."
Today Hanlin Funeral Home holds an honor that they are very proud of, they are the oldest family-owned and operated funeral home in Tuscola County, and are the oldest family-owned business in the community of Millington. Will there be a fourth generation? Maybe, but until then Dale & Pam Hanlin and their support staff will continue to, "Serve others as you would want to be served."