Gary Benedict Hanson, the son of Bennie Hanson and Helen (Mrnak) Pronek, was born on August 19, 1944, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Gary grew up in Alexandria and after the death of his father at age 10, Helen’s second husband Charlie Pronek helped raise him. Gary attended country school and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1962. He served in the United States Army from 1965 to 1968. Gary was trained in field communications and traveled to many countries including Denmark, France, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Australia, and Switzerland. After returning home, he worked at 3M for 33 years.
He married Kathleen (Kathy) Schommer on October 28, 1972. They bought a home on Lake Brophy where they raised four wonderful children. Gary enjoyed birdwatching, gardening, and fishing. He also enjoyed golfing, playing cards, bingo, and puzzles. He liked to cheer for Minnesota sports and was an excellent carpenter at home. He will be forever missed by his loving family.
Gary B. Hanson passed away surrounded by the love of his family on Monday, August 9, 2021, at the age of 76 years old. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years Kathy Hanson; children Jody Norris, Becky (Brian) Bogart, Tessa (Ryan) Spencer, and Brian Hanson; grandsons, Justin, Matthew, Ian, and Gannon; sister, Marie (John) Stellner and many more relatives.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, August 21, 2021, from 2-4 PM with a Time of Sharing to begin at 4 PM.
A Private Family Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.