Austin "AJ" Hanson, 19

Austin “AJ” J. Hanson, 19, of Callaway, passed away Tuesday, November 1, 2011. Austin was born May 21, 1992 at Callaway, NE, the son of Randy and Carrie (Stivers) Hanson. He graduated from Callaway High School in 2011 and was attending Central Community College. Austin enjoyed ranching, farming, and anything involving the outdoors, especially hunting. He loved to hang out with his close friends, have a good time and live life to the fullest. He really enjoyed spending time with his entire family and cherished the family get-togethers. Austin formed many close relationships with people of all ages with his outgoing and very friendly attitude with all.Those left to cherish his memory are his parents of Callaway; brother, Tyler Hanson of Hawkins, Texas; sister, Andrea Hanson of Callaway; grandparents, Shirley and Dale Estergard and Dorothy Stivers, all of Callaway; uncles and aunts, Mike (Tina) Hanson of San Antonio, Texas, Cynde (Brian) Hoefenerof Omaha, Chris (Robin) Myers of North Platte, Cathy (Derry) Trampe of Ord, and Cheri (John) Erker of Overland Park, Kan.Those also left to cherish his memory are numerous cousins and friends.He was preceded in death by his grandfather’s Doyle Hanson and Johnnie Stivers; cousin, Grant Hoefener, and a great-grandfather, John Schneider.Services were Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Callaway with the Reverend Antony Thekkekara and Reverend James Novakowski as con celebrants. Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery near Callaway. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the family.Published in Custer County Chief, Nov. 10, 2011