Robert D. “Bob” Hanson

Robert D. “Bob” Hanson

Robert D. “Bob” Hanson, age 85, of rural Highland, died on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Northpoint Rehabilitation Center in Oshkosh following a long illness.

Bob was born on June 2, 1931 in Highland Township to Frank and Clara (Christianson) Hanson. He was confirmed and baptized at the Otter Creek Lutheran Church. Following graduation from the Cobb High School in 1949, he farmed on the family farm until retiring in 1979. Bob then worked at Blackhawk Lake Recreation Area until retiring in 1993 as Assistant Manager. He then worked as Caretaker on the home farm for Roger and Jean Kremer. Bob enjoyed gardening, raising flowers, the outdoors and watching wildlife. Bob was truly a good and honorable man, and those who knew him were better off for it. He truly loved his family and friends. Please remember the Bob you knew before the dementia took over his life.

Late in his life Bob was blessed to reconnect with and eventually become engaged to his girlfriend from his high school years, Miss Bonnie Gift of Fennimore, WI. Sadly she preceded Bob in death, but she was always in his thoughts, as they enjoyed a special life of travel, regional car journeys and fishing trips. They were a jolly pair when together.

He was preceded in death by his parents; all four sisters, Melva Rossing, Bernice Hanson; Edith Gottshall and Gladys Gilbertson; his niece Carol Giltner, and his nephew Dennis Rossing. Bob also had two incredible friends that stayed by his side in his retirement years and enjoyed his company rain or shine- “Pip” and “Little Bob.” Hopefully they can all take a walk in the hills together again.

Bob is survived by four nieces; five great nieces and three great nephews as well as many friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Otter Creek Lutheran Church. Pastor Ramona Orton will officiate with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Saturday after 10:00 Noon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Otter Creek Lutheran Church or Otter Creek Cemetery.