Hanson, Roy E.
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Roy E. Hanson, 97 of Necedah passed away peacefully at Fair View Nursing Home in Mauston, WI. He was the son of Edward and Thea (Lecy) Hanson of Necedah Town Wisconsin. Very early in childhood Roy lost his father and three older brothers, Charles, Alvin and Richard. He went to live with his Aunt Alma Lecy and Uncle Christopher Lecy in Arkdale, Wisconsin, where he attended elementary school. As a teenager he attended Necedah High School 1929-1933. During that time the old high school burned down. Students attended classes in the basement of the bank and other buildings around town while the new high school was built. Roy's class of 1933 was one of the first classes to graduate from the new school.
After high school Roy worked at a lumber mill in Minnesota cutting and processing railroad ties. After that he got a job at NEPCO and was closer to home. He worked in the nursery division growing trees to reforest areas cut down for pulp. One summer NEPCO contracted a job from the Federal government cutting fire lanes through the Refuge. It was a hot and dirty job.
In October of 1941 Roy married Rebecca Porter also of Necedah. Three months later he was inducted into the U.S. Army to fight in the South Pacific. He saw action in New Guinea and the Philippines. Roy was discharged in November of 1945.
Again jobs were hard to find with so many military people returning from war. Becky was living with two sisters in Oak Park, IL and working for the telephone company. Roy joined her and found a job at AT&T's Hawthorne plant in Cicero, IL. He worked there for 33 years and helped expedite the revolutionary switching stations across the country. Two children Susan and David were born in Oak Park.
Roy returned to live in Necedah in the mid 1990's. He loved driving around seeing the old sites and visiting with friends and family. A stroke in 2010 resulted in Roy moving into an apartment at Oak Grove which is the same building he graduated from in 1933 when it was the Necedah High School. Another stroke necessitated Roy's move to Fair View in Mauston. He responded well to the warm and caring administrations of the staff and participated in many of the events and outings they provided.
Those preceding him in death, in addition to his parents and three older brothers, are his beloved wife Rebecca, his sister Agnes, and brothers Harold and Maurice.
Roy leaves behind his son David (Cheryl) and daughter Susan (Thomas) Jacobs and numerous nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 10:30 a.m. at the Torkelson Necedah Family Funeral Home. Pastor Mike Nielsen will officiate. Burial with full military honors will follow in the Zion Cemetery, Town of Armenia. Family and friends are invited for visitation Tuesday, September 24, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Torkelson Necedah Family Funeral Home. Online condolences are available at www.torkelsonfuneralhome.com.
Torkelson-Necedah Family Funeral Home
230 S Main St Necedah, WI 54646
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Sept. 24, 2013