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Wayne Howard Hanson

October 18, 1925 - March 19, 2018
From: Webb, IA
Wayne Howard Hanson

Wayne Howard Hanson

Born: October 18, 1925
Died: March 19, 2018
Age: 92

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     Wayne Howard Hanson, the son of Elmer and Annie (Erickson) Hanson was born on October 18, 1925 in Sioux Rapids, IA. His childhood years were spent in the small town of Sioux Rapids, where he attended elementary school with his four sisters and one brother. He was a good student—even though the teachers added that he had an “ornery” streak.  For Wayne’s high school years, he traveled to Nevada, Iowa where he was a student at Oak Park Seventh-day Adventist Academy. Those who knew him there said he was always full of fun-a great friend.  While at Oak Park, he met and fell in love with Jane Varnum –the Valedictorian of their graduating class of 1943.  She must have had a positive effect on him, for he asked her to marry him and on June 4, 1944, they married in Marshalltown, IA.  And lived for the first 13 years of their marriage in Sioux Rapids.  WWII was raging then and Wayne wished to be a part of it, but his expertise was needed on the farm and so he worked as a farmer, raising crops and cattle. His father, Elmer, had a thriving potato business—which by the way—was how he paid for the children’s tuition at OPA.  Wayne and Elmer were fondly known as “Potato Hanson and Son.” 

     In 1960 Wayne and Jane and their four children, Dennis, Kathy, Carol, and Susan moved from Sioux Rapids to the farm in Webb.  Bruce, their last child was born there that September.  Life on the farm was busy and productive—full of laughter and work, but was forever marred when the oldest son, Dennis, died in a farm tractor accident in 1962. With God’s grace the family moved through the tragedy, but Dennis was never far from their hearts.

     Besides farming, Wayne enjoyed farming, his wife and children, fishing in Minnesota, family vacations, and wintering in Texas. He was a member of Seventh- day Adventist Church in Spencer. Wayne passed away on Monday, March 19, 2018 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Home at the age of 92. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Jane; one son, Dennis; four sisters, Ruth Ledington, Violet Chase, June Mason, and Carol Johnson; and one brother, Kenneth Mansfield. Left to cherish his memory are his four children, Kathy (Gary) Bollinger of Lincoln, NE, Carol (Warren) Toay of Jud, ND, Sue (Bryan) Harris of Redmond, WA, and Bruce (Tammy) Hanson of Webb, IA; 7 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

     Now he rests and await his Savior’s return.

Funeral services will take place 10:30 A.M., Friday, March 23, at Seventh Day Adventist Church in Spencer.
Pastor Kyle Smith
Brett Toay
Drew Hoffmeyer
Sam Hanson
Benji Bollinger
Reggie Bollinger
Roddy Bollinger
Butch Ball
Megan Hoffmeyer
Eli Bollinger
Annie Smith
Berkley Hanson
Jennifer Bollinger
Stephanie Bollinger
Visitation will take place Thursday, March 22, at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer, starting at 5:00 P.M., with family present from 5-7:00 P.M.
"What A Friend We Have In Jesus"
"Great Is Thy Faithfulness"
Lone Tree Cemetery
Sioux Rapids, Iowa


Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 1:18 PM
“Sue and Family,
So sorry for your loss. I remember when i saw your folks in town, they would always stop and talk (for just a minute). May your memories bring you comfort now.
In our thoughts and prayers.”
- Mark &Alene (Brinkley) Peters and Family
Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 2:18 PM
“Dear Hanson family--I was so sorry to hear of Wayne's death. I hope all of you are finding comfort and support in each other and in happy memories of your parents. Your farm was always a great source of fun and adventure for me (city-kid that I was ;-)) and I have nothing but warm memories of both Wayne and Jane.

(My dad called me Friday morning at 8 a.m. and said he had just found out about Wayne's passing and that the funeral was that day at 10:30. I was very disappointed that I wasn't able to be there.)

Take care,


P.S. I tried calling Bruce at 515-838-4416 but that number doesn't work anymore. Could someone send me a good number for him? Thanks.”
- Phil Walsh
Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 10:07 AM
“You’re in our thoughts the Hanson’s family, do not despair but look at the crosss whence your strength will come from. Praying for God’s peace and comfort at this difficult time. Love you all!”
- Eddah & Shem O.
Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 9:02 AM
“ Bruce, Tammy and family, so sorry for your loss keeping you in my thoughts and prayers ”
- Janel Maurer
Friday, March 23, 2018 at 6:26 PM
“We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Wayne....He was always such a nice and happy man...Always a smile on his face....He is now with the Good Lord and beloved wife, Jane...”
- Denny and Linda Adams
Friday, March 23, 2018 at 8:20 AM
“Thinking of all of you during this time. It’s hard watching our loved ones go down hill. Knowing they will spend eternity in heaven is a comfort. You all have lots of good memories as well as myself. I was always welcomed by your family. Wish I would have been able to get off to see all of you again. Cherish those memories.”
- Deb Van Gilst (Williams)
Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 1:42 PM
“ Bruce and Tammy you and your entire family are in our prayers God bless!”
- Mike & Lori Bremer
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 8:10 PM
“So very sorry to hear of your loss. We lived in Ruthven. I remember your family raising patatoes. My father was Howard Hansen. God bless. ”
- Lyle Hansen
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 11:02 AM
“So sorry about your earthly loss! Wayne was such a cheerful man and was always a great family man! He will be missed! I know he is in a better place! God bless you all and know his presence is in your heart! ”
- Nancy and Jim Hartmann
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 11:02 AM
“Sorry for your loss.wayne was such a nice guy.he would pick us up & let us ride on the tractor when we were kids when he was working ground in dry mud lake.such a great man,he always would visit any time we wayne.”
- Alax Johnson
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 11:02 AM
“To Bruce, Tammy and all Hanson family, be comforted by our Father above. We are praying for you to have strength at this trying time. We are thinking about you and pray that you all May look up and remember that all these will come to pass. We will be reunited with out loved ones when our Lord comes. Take heart. We love you.”
- Lenis Obure
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 9:06 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family”
- Denny and Kerry King
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 9:05 AM
“Bruce and Families, The happy smiles that Wayne always shared with everyone he knew will now be smiling down on all of us and he takes the next leg of his journey. His memories and kindness will live on forever in your hearts and memories. Thoughts and prayers for the transition you all are feeling. ”
- Ben and Karen Greene
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 8:49 PM
“to the family of Wayne Hanson, Blessings as you prepare to honor the man who means the world to you. I always enjoyed when I got to visit with Wayne & Jane. What a delightful couple. As much as it hurts to say goodbye to their lives on Earth it is reassuring to know they are reunited in heaven free of all pain. Wayne was a sweet strong kind and gentle man who found such joy in his family. I will smile at every memory of him. The lessons he taught and his legacy will live on in the family he loved so well. I’m so sorry I will be unable to attend services. God’s peace, LaVonne and Gary”
- LaVonne Salton and Gary Anderson
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 4:19 PM
“Grandpa Hanson was truly always, “ready to go”. That said, now that he is gone, he will be truly missed! Love to all the family! Our hurting hearts won’t last for eternity❤️Xoxo”
- Jen Bollinger
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 8:12 AM
“I am sad to hear of Wayne's passing. Although I haven't seen him in years, when I did, I always thought of his oldest son, Dennis. He had been in my class in school at Sioux Rapids before moving to Webb. Now they have been reunited in their heavenly home. The Hansons were often in my prayers over the years. Please accept my condolences. You are again in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Doris Harvey
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