Harley Richard "Dick" Hanson, 88 of Scotia, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at the Grand Island Veteran's Hospital in Grand Island.
Funeral services were Dec. 11, 2012 at the Oconto Community Building in Oconto with Pastor Jonathan Musgraves officiating. Burial with full military honors was in the Oconto Community Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Shiners or Grand Island Veterans Hospital Hospice Unit.
Dick was born May 24, 1924, in Custer County on the family farm near Oconto to Harley Edgar and Daisy (Donelson) Hanson. He attended Lower Lodi School for grade school and rode his bike to Oconto to attend Oconto High School, graduating in 1941. He entered the United States Army June 22, 1943, serving in France during World War II with the 103rd Infantry Division. He was honorably discharged Feb. 10, 1946, having received the Purple Heart Medal.
Dick became a rural mail carrier in Oconto when he returned from the Army in 1946, until his retirement in 1973. It was while delivering mail that he met the love of his life, Ollie Nielsen, the rural school teacher at Tuckerville School. They were married July 10, 1949, at Ollie's parent's home in Litchfield. They celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary this year. Their union was blessed with four children: Judy, Jane, Richard and Harley Dean.
Dick was a pioneer recycler. He tore down multiple buildings in Custer County using the materials to build two homes and many outbuildings. He also farmed during this time.
Dick was active in the Oconto community as a member of the Masons, Shriners, American Legion, Oconto Volunteer Fire Department and the United Methodist Church. He enjoyed auctions adding to his collections of cars, coins, stamps, antiques and tools.
Ollie and Dick retired to Scotia and lived at their lake home on Duck Inn Lake. They enjoyed gardening, fishing and visiting with their children and grandchildren. They wintered at their cabin in Texas for many years. While in Texas they enjoyed square dancing and attending jamborees.
Survivors include his wife, Ollie; children and their families, Judy Domina of Elkhorn and her children Thurston and Emily Domina, Salesia Domina and Niels Domina; Richard and Susie Hanson of Scotia and their children Heather and Chad Slump, Ramsey and Laura Hanson, Brandon Hanson, Haley Hanson, Kerby Hanson and Keegan Hanson; Harley and Sue Hanson of Scotia and their children Paul and Sadie Hagemeir, Korie and Scott Beaty and Brody and Carrisa Hanson; 13 great-grandchildren with a great-granddaughter on the way; two sisters, Laura and Doug Wilcox, Mildred and Ted Wilson, and sister-in-law Marjorie Hanson; a host of nieces and nephews; caregiver and friend, Dorothy Gregg.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harley Hanson and Daisy (Donelson) Hanson; daughter, Jane; sister, Evelyn Jennings, and brothers Robert and James.
Published in Custer County Chief, Dec. 13, 2012