In Memory of Wayne Hanson

November 29, 1942 - October 25, 2019

On Friday, October 25th, 2019, Wayne Allen Hanson passed away at the age of 76, at his home in Amery, WI, with his family by his side. Wayne was born on November 29th, 1942 in Amery, Wisconsin, the son of Alfred and Helen Hanson. He was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. He was married to Linda Marquand on May 4, 1968 and raised four children; Julie, Mark, Michael, and Kristie.
He worked at Northern State Power Company, now Xcel energy, for 42 years. His last job was as a designer, which entailed mapping out and coordinating new power setups for residential customers, businesses, and sub divisions. He really enjoyed helping people, being outside, and pulling together all the details in this job.

Wayne was a very active member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Amery. He taught Sunday school, ushered, and served on the church council for many years.

He loved spending time with his family. He taught his kids how to skate, play chess, cross country ski, play tennis, baseball, basketball, and golf. He coached many of his kid’s basketball, baseball, and softball teams and with his wife Linda, started the Amery Girls Basketball Boosters and organized the inaugural basketball tournament to fund the boosters and pay for team travel to tournaments. He also served on the first board of the Amery Youth Hockey Association and was the longest serving member (1976-1996). Both Wayne and Linda traveled everywhere to watch their kids’ sporting events.

Wayne also enjoyed golfing with family and friends. He took many weekend trips with friends to various courses. He was a member of the Amery Golf Club for many years and had 3 holes-in-one on the course. He was also involved in a rare golf occurrence at a course in Stillwater. On the par 3, 3rd hole Larry Nicholas had a 4, Wayne had a 3, Vern Peterson had a 2, and Steve Wilhelm hit a hole in one, so the scores were 1, 2, 3, 4, which is quite rare.

Many family trips were taken to Panama City Beach, Florida to visit good friends. The family is thankful they were able to make one last trip with Wayne last June. Many good memories were made while enjoying time together on the beach.

In 2012, Wayne was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, a disease that causes proteins to form in the brain and his blood pressure and temperature to constantly fluctuate. As his health declined, he went on Adoray Hospice care in July of 2018. The family appreciates all the help from their friends and his caregivers throughout the duration of Wayne’s disease.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Linda; his children, Julie Hanson, Mark Hanson (Becky Swanson), Michael (Harmony) Hanson (Lawrence, KS), and Kristie (Aaron) Liekhus (St. Louis, MO); and his grandchildren, Isaac Hanson, Asha Hanson, Eliott Hanson, Zoe Bymark, Jaxson Liekhus, and Levi Liekhus. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Amery Food Shelf.

Funeral service for Wayne will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Amery. There will be a visitation on Monday from 4 to 7pm at the Williamson-White Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Interment will be at the Amery Cemetery.

Last Update: Oct 27, 2019 1:22 pm CDT

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