Please accept my condolences during this difficult time. We will keep you in prayer.
Thomas R. Hanson, 80, died Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Arcadia Assisted Living in Beaver Dam.
Visitation for Tom will be held at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 311 W. Mackie Street in Beaver Dam, on Friday, May 11 from 9:00 AM until 10:50 AM; the Dodge County Masonic Lodge #72 will conduct a fraternal service at 9:00 AM on Friday at church. A Memorial service will follow at church on Friday beginning at 11:00 AM with Pastor Mark Jensen officiating. Inurnment will be held at Highland Memory Gardens at a later date.
Thomas Rudolph Hanson was born on May 7, 1931 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to Olaf Rudolph & Johanna (Handberg) Hanson. Tom was the Valedictorian of his Durand High School class of 1949. He continued his education at UW-Madison, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy, graduating in 1954. During his time there he had joined Sigma Nu Fraternity, and was also enrolled in the ROTC program. He used his training to serve in the Army Medical Service Corps, in Texas, Colorado, and ultimately in Korea, from 1955-1957. He continued his service in the Army Reserve in LaCrosse, retiring as a Captain.
On September 5, 1953, Tom was united in marriage with Rita Steves at St. Paul”s Lutheran Church in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Tom and Rita moved to Beaver Dam in 1961, and in the early 70”s, purchased Langmack”s Drug Store with Carl Johnson, operating it until 1989. After that, he worked at Beaver Dam Hospital for about ten years, and, in retirement, served as a relief Pharmacist in the area. Ultimately, he spent 25 years as a preceptor for Pharmacy students, and was proud to have served 50 years as a Registered Pharmacist.
His service to Beaver Dam wasn”t limited to the Pharmacy profession. He was a member and Past Master of the Dodge County Lodge #72 FAM in Beaver Dam, and also a member of the Consistory Valley in Madison. He was a member of Noon Kiwanis Club, served as a Board Member of New Beginnings Homeless Shelter, and was a long-time member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam. He joined the Saturday Men”s Bible Breakfast Group, ushered, helped Rita with her Altar Guild duties, served 11 years in the bell choir, and also was on the Building Fund Committee and the Church Council. Tom loved antique cars, and for 15 years he judged the antiques at the Father”s Day Auto Show. Community involvement was important to Tom; he was a Scout Master, taught Sunday School, and played in the City Band.
Tom Hanson is survived by his wife Rita Hanson of Beaver Dam; two sons, Steve (Marilu) Hanson of Mukwonago, and John Hanson (FiancAC.e Lori Uttech) of Madison; four grandchildren, Jackie Hanson, Emily Hanson, Stephanie Hanson, and Brian Hanson, all of Madison; his sister, Joan Erickson of Beaver Dam; other relatives and friends. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter-in-law, Jody Hanson, and brothers-in-law, Jerry Erickson and Ray Steves.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam or to the charity of one”s choice.
The Murray Funeral Home, 131 East Maple Avenue in Beaver Dam, is caring for the family. To leave condolences, for directions, or for other information, please visit our website at www.MurrayFH.com.
Friday, May 11th, 2012, 9:00am – 10:45am, First Ev. Lutheran Church-Beaver Dam
Friday, May 11th, 2012, 11:00am, First Ev. Lutheran Church-Beaver Dam
Highland Memory Gardens-Beaver Dam