Eugene Milton "Gene" Hanson, 73, of McCook, died Friday (Jan. 14, 2005) at Bryan LGH in Lincoln.
He was born July 25, 1931, in Beardsley, Kan., south of Stratton, to Clark and Edna (Canton) Hanson. He grew up in Stratton and graduated from Stratton High School in 1949.
He lived most of his life in Orange, Texas where he married and worked faithfully for Firestone Rubber Company for 34 years until his retirement.
In 1999, Gene moved home to Stratton in 1999. He married Vera Ingrid Hardy on Jan. 22, 1999 at Olive Branch, Miss.
He loved his children and only granddaughter and the church. He worshiped with his wife Vera at the Church of Christ in McCook and was a passionate fisherman.
Preceding him in death were his parents; twin baby sisters; and a step-mother, LaVera Hanson whom he loved dearly.
Survivors include his wife Vera Hanson of McCook; a daughter Debbie Kendrick; a son, David Hanson; and his beloved granddaughter, Robyn Kendrick, all of Orange, Texas; a sister Joan Hartman of Aurora, Colo.; a step-sister Donna Jean Martin of Stratton; his three stepchildren who loved and respected him dearly; six step-grandchildren who thought the world of "Grandpa Gene"; his cousins and families; and a multitude of friends.
Memorials are being accepted in his name.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005, at 2 p.m. CST, at the Church of Christ, 711 East G Street in McCook, with Allen Wilkerson officiating. Music provided by the Church of Christ. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery, north of Stratton.
Visitation will be Sunday 4-8 p.m., and Monday until 8 p.m., at the funeral home, 305 West C. Street. Friends may also go online at www.carpenterbreland.com to extend condolences.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.