Loren "Brute" Henry Hanson, 87, longtime resident of Marinette/Menekaunee, passed away at the Luther Home in Marinette on July 9, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 13, 1926, to the late Thomas Henry Hanson and Hannah (Johnson) Hanson.
Loren was a member of the 1944 graduating class of Marinette High School. After high school he served in the United States Navy during World War II. His first Naval assignment was at the US Navy's Section Base in Noumea, New Caledonia where he was assigned to minesweepers before being transferred to the light cruiser, USS Vincennes. After the war Loren lived in Milwaukee and work at Allen Bradley for a brief period before returning to Marinette. He was united in marriage to Jacqueline Mae Woods on August 18, 1951, at St. Joseph's Church in Marinette. Loren and Jackie were happily married for almost 60 years until the time of her death on August 12th, 2011. Loren also worked at Lauerman's Department Store and was later employed by Ansul Fire Protection. He retired from Ansul in 1988 after 29 years. Loren was a lifelong member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and was a member of the American Legion, Post 39. Loren was born and raised in Menekaunee. He loved living there and enjoyed spending summers by the bay with his family and dear friends. Loren was considered by many to be the official Historian of Menekaunee. He loved attending Marinette High Football games, and for years he and Jackie never missed the M&M game. He also loved the Green Bay Packers, and was a season ticket holder for many years. Most of all, Loren loved the Lord, and his Savior Jesus Christ. From the time of his confirmation at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in 1941, to the time of his death, his favorite Bible verse remained Psalm 119:105 "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path."
Loren is survived two children: Thomas (Beverly) Hanson of Appleton and Jean (James) Olson of Mukwonago; two grandchildren: Tom Olson of Beaver Dam, Wis. and Jamie (Ryan) Klenz of Kileen, Texas; two great-grandchildren: Rylie and Leo Klenz; a nephew, Donn (Mary) Williams of Peshtigo; other relatives, and many dear friends. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jacqueline (Jackie) Woods; a sister, Alice Williams and a brother-in-law, Henry Williams.
Friends may call at HANSEN-ONION-MARTELL FUNERAL HOME, Marinette, from 1 until 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2013. A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. with the Rev. James Wendt officiating.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. David Mertens and his staff, Dr. E. Mantei and the Staff of the Luther Home for the loving care they provided, and also to Pastor Jim Wendt for being a good shepherd.
Loren will be dearly missed by all of those whose lives he touched.