Obituary: Robert "Bob" Hanson


October 14, 2022

Robert O.J. "Bob" Hanson, 86, died Oct. 1, 2022, at home with his family by his side. He was born Jan. 25, 1936, in Ashland, Wisconsin, to Elizabeth Mackie and Oscar Lofstrom. At the age of 13, he moved to Wright with his mother and his stepfather, Carl Hanson, whom he considered his father his whole life. He worked at the Corona peat plant, Moose Lake and Superior creameries, and Diamond Match, retiring March 11, 2004. He enjoyed logging, fishing and cribbage, and was fortunate enough to get a 29 hand once in his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law Paul Crotteau; grandson Skylar Hunter; and nephew Michael Hanson.

Bob is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jennie; sons Philip (Becky Newton), Garrie (Brenda Jenkins), and Curtis (Stephen Park); grandchildren Tayiah (Achu) Sabir, Matthew Hanson, Justin and David LeBlanc, and Dennis, Mandy and Devon Egge and their mother Angie Hale; great-grandchildren Abdullah, Maryam, Eesa, Amora, Jedidiah and Joshua; godchildren Rozzie Dahlman Obando, Nathan Dahlman and Patty Larson; and exchange student son, Sonet of Bangladesh. He is also survived by his sisters Ruth (Regg) Bonitz of Mellon, Wisconsin, Rose (Kenneth) Gregg of Canon City, Colorado, and Vera Crotteau and Vivian (Cloyce) Murdock of Cloquet; brother Vernon (Wanda) Hanson of Hibbing; and many nieces, nephews, friends and relatives.

Special thanks to Curtis, Stephen, and St. Croix Hospice for their excellent care of Bob in his last few months of life.

Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, and from noon until the 1 p.m. memorial service Saturday, Oct. 22, followed by a luncheon, all at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Wright.

Arrangements entrusted to Atkins Northland Funeral Home. To leave an online tribute, see

Editor’s note: Services published with last week’s obituary had to be rescheduled due to family illness.


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