Douglas Warren Hanson


November 10, 1947 - January 21, 2016




Douglas Warren Hanson was born on November 10, 1947 to Wallace Dean and Charlotte (Talbot) Hanson in Mitchell.

He grew up on the family farm north of Mount Vernon and attended grade school at the Avery School.  He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1966, then attended Dakota Wesleyan University and graduated in 1970.

He married Sara Peta in 1971, then later divorced, remaining close friends.  He worked for the Mitchell Police Department and later worked for Equifax Insurance for many years.  He was employed at the Mitchel Daily Republic until his retirement.  Doug served on the Mount Vernon School Board from 1988 to 2003.  After his retirement he followed his love of antiquing, making it his personal hobby.  He also loved the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits and often attended games to show his support.  Doug was always a sports fan, rooting for the Twins and the Vikings; he also loved to attend his grandkids' sporting events.

He is survived by his children, Jeffrey (Gov) and Sherri Hanson of Mount Vernon, Kari and Clint Hall of Madison, and Jamie Hanson of Mount Vernon; close friend, Sara Peta and his grandchildren: Ashlee and Dean Hanson, Michael Hall, Shaylee Hanson, Haidlee Hanson, Beau, and Jeremiah Cleveland.  He is remembered by his special friend, Ziantha.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, LeeAnn.



Sunday, January 24, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, January 25, 2016
10:30 AM
United Methodist Church
Mount Vernon, South Dakota


Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery
Mount Vernon, South Dakota

Posted by Jamie Hanson on October 30, 2016

uck the voice of America in a few days ago found daily republic fire department
Posted by Steve Tollefson on January 23, 2016
Our thoughts and condolences go out to you the family Doug was gentle and kind man as I knew him he was personable and good to talk with. You never had a quick conversation and they were always a nice surprise about coming home. Sara you and he made a good team and you have great kids to prove it. Truly you were good together, Doug had a real love for the people of Mt. Vernon and in just in general.
Posted by Pam Stransky on January 23, 2016
My condolences to Doug's family and Friends. I met Doug a few years ago out rummaging. We continued to bump into each other at antique sales and where ever there was a bargain to be found. A great guy with a great laugh! You will be missed.
Posted by Harv Fridley on January 23, 2016
I had the opportunity to visit with Doug last November and share some of the times we had together as high school and college classmates. Little did I know that would be our last earthly visit. A great guy and baseball teammate from my Mt. Vernon years. Prayers to his family at this sad time.
Posted by Kathie Evams Miller on January 22, 2016
Lots of fond memories of being on the farm as well as sharing Doug's love of antiques. Although we had not seen each other in a number of years we shared lots of special times growing up.
Posted by Nancy Evans on January 22, 2016
I was so sorry to hear about Cousin Doug. We had some great times growing up & visiting the farm. Usually got into trouble with Uncle Dean because us city kids didn't know much about farming. Like the time he caught us in the hog lot, he wasn't happy with Doug or us.
Posted by Dave Evans on January 21, 2016
A true and fine cousin. We had some good times togeher as kids on the farm. Broke out all uncle Dean's barn windows. Well, we were just kids. Ha. He was a Husker fan (after SDS). rest in peace Doug.
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