Robert W. Hanson
MARQUETTE, MI – Robert W. Hanson “Bumpa Bob” entered eternal life in the caring hands of his family at the Norlite Nursing Center Friday, November 22, 2019 after a two month illness.
Bob was born in Marquette, Michigan on February 15, 1928 to Axel T. Hanson and Anna (Shaw) Hanson. He spent his younger years growing up in Skandia with three brothers. After graduating high school, Bob served in the Korean War and was a proud veteran. He returned to Michigan and worked at Angel Steel Company creating metal furniture, while attending electronic school at Pine Lake, Michigan which is now Michigan Career and Technical Institute (MCTI). Bob returned to Marquette and was employed at the Michigan Bell Telephone Company/AT&T for over 30 years retiring in 1985.
Bob is survived by his wife Marlene (Ranta) Hanson. They were married 61 years. Also surviving are his daughter Deanne (Hanson) Pynnonen, son-in-law Scott R. Pynnonen, MD both of Bass Lake in Gwinn. Son Scott W. Hanson and daughter-in-law Lynndee (Brown) Hanson of Marquette. Loving grandchildren Katie M. Pynnonen of Phoenix and grandson David S. and Heather (Lanala-Tervo) Pynnonen, cherished great-grandchildren, Brooks D. Pynnonen and Alexis E. Pynnonen all of Champion. Bob is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Bob was a man of strong Lutheran faith and lived his life as a loving, kind Christian, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He had a quick wit, could repair anything, was kind, had a gentle soul and had the patience of a saint. Bob was stoic at times but his words always meant something. He was the pied piper of the neighborhood, loved children, enjoyed snowmobiling, was passionate about his Detroit Tigers although he thought he might take a year off after this season.
He enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Red Wings, and Michigan football.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Leonard, Rudolph and Ted.
Bob belonged to the Telephone Pioneers of America, the CWA union, Michigan Veterans Association, Old Car Club, Talking Books at Bay Cliff, and the morning coffee clutch at Hardee’s and Jeffrey’s. He was a tireless volunteer but did not like the attention.
Funeral services were held this afternoon at Redeemer Lutheran Church with Rev. Chad Ott officiating.
Spring burial will be made in the Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1700 W. Fair Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855, UP Home Health and Hospice, 1125 W Ridge Street, Marquette, MI 49855, or Bay Cliff Health Camp, P.O. Box 310, Big Bay, MI 49808.
Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at fassbenderswansonhansen.com