Gurney F. “Swede”
Hanson, Jr., age 89, of Valparaiso, passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2016,
at Addison Pointe surrounded by his family.
He was born
September 25, 1926, near Stickney, South Dakota, to the late Gurney Hanson
Sr. and Genevieve (Kett) Hanson.
On June 10, 1945,
he married Betty (Simms) Hanson, who survives.
He is also survived
by his children Ardy (David) Biggs, of Chesterton, Jeanne (Dick) Keel of
Valparaiso, daughter-in-law Janice Gouwens of Valparaiso, Bill (Kathy)
Hanson of Valparaiso and sister Betty Van Tyle of Valparaiso. Also surviving
are 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in
death by son Bob (Janice) Hanson, sisters Evelyn Hanson, Gladys Parker and
He retired from the
American Bridge Division of USS in Gary, IN, where he was an Ironworker
Superintendent. He graduated from Jackson Twp High School, Class of 1944. He
served his country in the US Army from 1945 to 1947. He belonged to
Ironworkers Local 395 beginning in 1947. He was also a 32nd Degree Indiana
Free Mason, Westville Lodge 192, member of the South Bend Scottish Rite,
Orak Shriners and in his retirement a member of the River Pointe Country
Club in Hobart, IN. He was also a member of Liberty Bible Church in
will be held on Monday, August 22, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Moeller Funeral Home,
104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery.
The family will
receive friends on Sunday, August 21, 2016, from 2 until 4 p.m., at Moeller
Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso.
The funeral service
will begin on Monday at 11:00 a.m., at the funeral home, with burial to
follow at Graceland Cemetery.