Robert A. 'Bob' Hanson


DULUTH, Minn. — Robert A. “Bob” Hanson, 66, of Saxon, Wis., died Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, surrounded by his loving family.

Bob was born April 16, 1947, in Ashland, Wis., son of the late Herman and Myrtle (Aspen) Hanson, and was raised in Grandview, Wis. He attended grade school in Grandview and graduated from Drummond High School in 1966. He then received a teaching certificate from Ashland County Normal Teachers College in 1968, and taught fourth and fifth grade in Crivitz, Wis. for five years. On Nov. 7, 1977, he began a 35-year machinist career at C.G. Bretting Manufacturing Co. in Ashland, retiring on March 6, 2012.

Bob attended St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Saxon. His interests included woodworking and hunting, but his family and grandchildren were his life. He will be dearly missed.

On June 8, 1968, he married Dianne M. Bluse at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Saxon. She survives.

Also surviving are a son, Al (Melissa), Superior, Wis., and daughter, Carrie (Chris) Tobisch, Highbridge, Wis .; three grandchildren, Ali and Hailey Lutz and Rayder Tobisch, all of Highbridge; his mother-in-law, Bette Bluse, Ironwood, Mich .; two brothers, Harlan (Penny), Grandview, and Wayne (Esther), Belpre, Ohio; three sisters, Marie Catlin, Comstock, Wis., Alice (Bert) Singletary, Cleveland, Ala., and Thelma Brookhauser, New Braunfels, Texas; sisters-in-law, Bev Hanson, Brule, Wis., Rae (Jerry) Brotz, Randolph, Wis., Jo (Vic) Oratch, Quinnesec, Mich., Sue (Rick) Flateau, New Lisbon, Wis., and Cheryl (Paul) Gulan, Ashland; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides his parents, Bob was predeceased by a brother, Louis; father-in-law, Clayton “Chick” Bluse; and brothers-in-law, Louis Hanson, Bill Catlin and Ray Brookhauser.

Out of respect for his wishes, cremation has taken place. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, Oct. 3, at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation at 10 a.m., at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Saxon, with the Rev. Frank Kordek OFM, celebrant.

Rite of Committal and interment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery, Saxon.

Luncheon will be served at the Saxon Community Center upon return from the cemetery.

Bob’s obituary can be viewed online and condolences given to his family at

Arrangements have been entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood.


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