Arthur George Hanson, 87, formerly of 1606 Dorret Road, Eau Claire, died December 9, 2004 at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.
Arthur was born February 26, 1917 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to Hans and Angie (Zimmerman) Hanson. He attended St. Patrick Schools.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1937 to 1940 in Puerto Rico and Texas. At the outbreak of WWII he enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served with Edson’s 1st Raider Battalion and made the first landing on Guadualcanal with subsequent landings on Tulagi, New Georgia and Saipan. He then served with the 2nd Division as a combat engineer with landings on Tinian and Okinawa. During the course of the war Art was wounded seven times for which he received five Purple Hearts and Bronze Star.
Art married Roberta “Robbie” Robinson in 1946. Art was a partner in Laurkens TV and Radio service in Eau Claire. After Luarkens he worked as a semi driver for Bunny Bread Bakery in Eau Claire for 25 years, retiring in 1979. Art was an avid fisherman all of his life. When not fishing he could be found in his shop working on one of his many projects that he built through his life. He was a true handyman. Art was a founding member of the Westgate Sportsman Club.
He is survived by two sons, Jack (Genevieve) of Pueblo, Colorado, Mark (Deb) of Fall Creek, Wisconsin, two grandchildren, Juliet (John) Knox of Centennial, Colorado, Paul (Armelda) Hanson of Aurora, Colorado and four great-grandchildren, Logan and Olivia Knox, Brittany and Christopher Hanson. Two brothers also survive him, Bill (Phyllis) Hanson of St. Paul, Minnesota and Alvin (Ann) Hanson of Eau Claire and many nieces and nephews.
Art is preceded in death by his parents Hans and Angie Hanson and his loving wife, Roberta. To St. Peter, another Marine reporting for duty sir, I served my time in hell.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, December 13, 2004 at Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home in Eau Claire with Debra Boynton, Chaplain Luther Hospital officiating. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery where Military Rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 52. Friends may call from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening at Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service on Monday. Fuller-Speckien Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.