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 Donald E. Hanson

Donald E. Hanson

Birth
Minnesota, USA
Death 27 Jun 2012 (aged 86)
Cedar Falls, Black Hawk County, Iowa, USA
Burial Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 92765091 · View Source
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son of Elfie and Marian Elizabeth (Throop) Hanson

World War 2 veteran - thank you

Donald E. Hanson was born April 26, 1926 in Cottonwood, Minnesota, the son of Elfie and Marian Elizabeth (Throop) Hanson. After serving in the United States Navy during WWII, Don met and was united in marriage to Helen Joanne Masters in Maryville, Missouri on December 23, 1950. She preceded him in death on June 28, 2010.

A life-long educator, Don received his Ph.D. in education from Western Michigan University, his M.A. from the University of Wyoming, and his B.A. from Missouri State University (Maryville). He served the Waterloo Community School District in various capacities, from history teacher, track coach and Vice Principal at East High School to Associate Superintendent/Personnel Director and – ultimately – Superintendent, a position from which he retired in 1988. He also served as Adjunct Professor of Education at the University of Northern Iowa, and would later teach at Upper Iowa University. He was elected to the Iowa State Legislature in 1990, where he served until 1996.

Don was on the Waterloo Community School Board, where he also served as President, from 1996 until his retirement in 2008. He was a past President of Waterloo Downtown Kiwanis, on the Board of Elders at Grace Lutheran Church and a Board Member of Goodwill Industries. Donald was an avid golfer, enjoyed gardening, wood working and carving. He loved his grandchildren dearly, but -- after his wife Helen's passing -- his dog Buffi became his closest friend and constant companion.

Donald passed away on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at Windhaven from natural causes at the age of 86.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Helen Joanne and a brother Frank.

Donald is survived by two sons: Mark (Mary) Hanson of Ottumwa and Andrew (Tracey) Hanson of Washington D.C.; a daughter Debora (Craig) Olson of Waterloo and six grandchildren: David (Brittany) Finnegan, Megan (Nick) Kelley, Andrew Finnegan, Benjamin Finnegan, Daniel Hanson and Scott Hanson.


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  • Created by: Lynn Schneider
  • Added: 29 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 92765091
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Donald E. Hanson (26 Apr 1926–27 Jun 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 92765091, citing Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery, Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Lynn Schneider (contributor 46492409) .