THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Richard J. Hanson
Issue Date: January 3, 2019
Richard J. Hanson, 87, of Marinette, passed away Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 at Roubal Care and Rehab Center.
Born June 5, 1931 in Marinette, to the late Elmer and Louise (Adams) Hanson, at age 17, he served in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. He sailed the Great Lakes from 1954 until 1982 as a coal passer, working his way up to chief engineer in 1972.
In 1982, he retired from the ships and in 1984 returned to sailing on the ocean from 1988 to 1994. In 1987, he met Barbara Hummel and they married on June 7, 1991 at St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Stephenson.
He loved traveling and was proud to have traveled all 50 states and other places such as Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Italy, Spain and Luxemburg. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and playing cribbage.
A member of American Legion Post 43, he also belonged to the VFW Post 5966, Daggett Lions Club and the American Maritime Union.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara of Marinette; a son, Richard (Susan) Hanson of Boston, Ma.; four step-daughters, Lynn (Lowell) Smiley of Crivitz, Brenda Desjarlais of Marinette, Denise Wilson of Stephenson and Michele Nelio of Menominee; a grandson; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and two brothers, William Hanson, Sr. of Stephenson and Glenn (Evelyn) Hanson, Sr. of Stephenson.
Including his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy and Virginia and a brother, John.
Visitation will be held at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home in Stephenson on Saturday, Jan. 5 from 2 p.m. until time of a Military Service at 4 p.m., followed by a Memorial Service