Harold Robert “Bob” Hanson, a resident of Little Falls, passed away March 3, 2012, unexpectedly at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 12, at Grace Covenant Church in Little Falls, with the Rev. Steve Anderson officiating.
Bob was born March 2, 1938, to Harold Ray and Susan Marie (Hilligoss) Hanson in St. Paul. Bob was nine, when the family moved to Atwater, where his parents purchased a lake resort on Diamond Lake. Bob graduated from Atwater High School in 1956. After graduation, Bob went to work as a mechanic at Strong Motors. It was at the resort where he met his wife, Darlene. They were united in marriage, June 19, 1959. They lived in Atwater where their first son, Jon, was born in 1960. In 1961, Bob decided to go to bricklaying school. The family then moved to St. Louis Park in 1962. Their second son, Jeff was born there. Bob worked laying brick until 1968, when he starting driving over the road semi. In later years, Darlene drove over the road with him. Over the years they drove for numerous truck companies. In 1978, the couple moved from St. Louis Park to Annandale. After retiring, they sold their home on Sugar Lake and bought a park model trailer in Clearwater and started going south for the winter as “Snow Birds.” They later purchased a home in Little Falls. Bob had many interests and hobbies including water skiing on Diamond Lake on a wood saucer, with Darlene on his shoulders. He enjoyed snowmobile trips to West Yellowstone and numerous motor- cycle trips on their bike. Bob and Darlene enjoyed many years traveling to Haines City for the winter months. It was there that Bob learned and grew to love the game of shuffleboard. Bob and Darlene made many friends over the years. Bob was always quick with a joke and a smile. One of Bob’s greatest passions was his love of gospel music. It was a great source of joy and comfort for him. It was evident from the years he spent performing with the gospel quartet, “The Good News Singers” or attending any jam session he could just so he could sing and play. In April of 2011, Bob lost his beloved wife of 52 years, Darlene. Bob found new joy when he was united in marriage, Sept. 7, 2011, to Bonnie Kangas who also shared his love of music. Their time together was short but filled with many happy hours singing together, playing cards, shuffling and spending time with their old and new friends. Bob will always be remembered for his smile and quick wit and sharing his gospel music with others.
Bob is survived by his wife, Bonnie of Brainerd; son, Jon (Shari) Hanson of Tampa Fla.; sister, Carole (Neil) Christenson of Little Falls; grandchildren, Amanda Hanson (boyfriend, Eric Emmerth ) of Tampa, Justin Hanson (fiancée, Kim Lane) of Fergus Falls and Ashley and Lindsey Hanson of Otsego; stepgrandchildren, Stephanie (Jeremy) Haukos of Elbow Lake and Nathan (Molly) Gadow of Fergus Falls; seven great-grandchildren; Bonnie’s daughter, Linda and family of Oakdale, and son, Greg and family of Brainerd; sister-in-law, Sharolyn (Ken Lawlor) Goodsen; brothers-in-law, Dallas (Marlene) Rasmusson and Steve (Debbie) Rasmusson; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Darlene and son, Jeff.
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