John Hanson, 1929-2018

Published 1:00 am Saturday, August 11, 2018

John Leonard Hanson,  89, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. 

John Hanson

He was born March 25, 1929, in Albert Lea, the son of Raynard and Rose (Whalen) Hanson.

He served in the Navy as an electrician’s mate on the USS Iowa during the Korean War. He also served in the Merchant Marines.

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He worked for IBM, ran his own business and lastly for St. Marys Hospital in Madison as a master electrician in the power plant for 35-plus years. 

John was an avid bowler throughout his adult life and at one point was state champion in Madison. He loved fishing, golf, biking, travel and books — especially mysteries. John also loved to play cards, and when he could no longer golf, he played cards weekly with his children. 

He is survived by his children and in-laws Peter and Debra, Mark and Vicki, Lynn and Ron Latko, Barb and Paul Wilson, Eric, Kim, Joanne Saunders, Susan Lawrenz, Warren and Jill, and Cheryl and Jay Davis; 20 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and the mother of his children, Doris J. Hanson. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Paul Lawrenz; and grandchildren Elizabeth and Derek Hanson.   

A Mass of Christian burial will at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Christopher Catholic Parish (St. Andrews Church), 301 N. Main St., Verona, Wisconsin, with the Rev. John Sasse presiding. Burial will follow at St. Andrews Cemetery in Verona with military honors and a luncheon will follow the graveside service. A visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of the service Tuesday at the church. Very special thanks to Heartland Hospice and Four Winds Lodge for their care. Ward-Hurtley Funeral Home Evansville is assisting the family.

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