Ole J. Hanson

Ole James Hanson, age 77, of Merrill, died, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Ole was born Aug. 13, 1934 in Merrill the son of the late Oscar and Isabel (Lemmer) Hanson. Ole attended and graduated from Merrill High School. He married Barbara Travis on Oct. 27, 1956, in Merrill. Ole worked as the Lincoln County Forest Administrator for 35 years. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, and Lincoln County ARC.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara; children, Jane (Patrick) Severt, Cathy (Jim) Wendt, Christine Hanson, all of Merrill, Brian (Kathy) Hanson, Harrison, Polly (Scott) Hoffmann, Merrill; grandchildren, Adam Annis, Hannah and Jeremiah (Katie) Wendt, Katie and Ole Hanson, Dan, Jared and Nick Hoffmann; great granddaughters, Isabel and Josephine Wendt; brother, Richard Hanson; sisters, Grace Barney, Pat Hopper, and Betty Lemke; sisters in law, Pat Hanson, Patsy Travis and Jean Osness; and many nieces and nephews.
Ole was preceded in death by 2 children, Steven Ole and Lori May; his parents; brother Oscar “Pinky” Hanson; and sister Isabel “Sis” Chamberlain.
Funeral service will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Waid Funeral Home. Burial will follow at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. If desired memorial contributions may be made to the Palliative Care Unit at Aspirus Hospital or Bell Tower Residence. Waid funeral home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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