Alfred Hanson


Alfred L. Hanson was born Aug. 11, 1930, to Albert and Clara Hanson in Bemidji, Minn., as the third child in a family of 10 children (five boys and five girls). 

The family moved to Custer, S.D., in 1942 and relocated to Hanna, Wyo., in 1945.  

When his mother died in 1946 the family all stayed together, growing up and caring for each other, moving back and forth living in different places in Wyoming and Custer. 

While in Custer the children attended school at Four Mile. Later, each married, having families of their own. They have remained a  close family through the years, having family reunions each year, usually around July 4, which gather together close to 90 family members each reunion.

As a young boy Alfred and his brothers worked in the timber. Alfred started out cutting logs on the end of a crosscut saw. Alfred, his dad and brothers Dick, Elmer and Harry, all served in the military. Also, two grandsons served, Ryan and Joel Van Schoonhoven.

In 1950 Alfred met the love of his life, Isabel Olson. They were married Jan. 11, 1953, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Custer, where they have been active members ever since.

Alfred and Isabel have been longtime Custer residents. Alfred was a log cutter working in the timber for many years and was also good at doing many other jobs, which included building their home. He and Isabel enjoyed owning the Reuzit Shop in Custer for 20 years until 2011. Alfred and Isabel had four children, Jim, Marilyn, Linda and John; nine grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

The last eight months of his life he fought cancer. Alfred died May 19, 2019, while at Custer Regional Senior Care, surrounded by his wife and family. He was 88.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Clara Hanson; three brothers, Dick, Elmer and Tom Hanson; and two sisters, Betty McKee and Edith Simms.

Alfred is survived by his wife of 66 years, Isabel Hanson; sons, Jim (Sandy) Hanson of Newcastle, Wyo., and John Hanson of Custer; daughters, Marilyn Alexander and Linda (Dan) Bartos of Rapid City, S.D.; nine grandchildren, Nicole (Ryan) Christensen of Sheridan, Wyo., Lacey (Allen) Von Eye of Newcastle, Wyo., Taryn Broomfield of Rapid City, Jenna (Steve) Ceschini of Rapid City, Kalli (Michael) Hopkins of Centerville, Ohio, Ryan (Jayne) Van Schoonhoven of Rapid City, Joel (Zandi) Van Schoonhoven of Corpus Christi, Texas, Tasia (Nate) Boson of Rapid City, and Brendon Bartos; 25 great- grandchildren; sisters, Mildred Drummond of Rawlins, Wyo., Jean Murray of Grand Junction, Colo., and Rose Patras of Lincoln, Neb.; brother, Harry Hanson of Mesa, Ariz.; sisters-in-law, Elmer’s wife Francis of Casper, Wyo., and Tom’s wife, Erma of Saratoga, Wyo.; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Alfred loved his Lord Jesus and was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.

Funeral services were  May 25 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Custer with Pastor Eric Obermann as officiant. Committal services followed at Custer Cemetery with military honors provided by the United States Army and Custer Veterans Honor Guard.