James Lee Hanson, 62
Lee Hanson, age 62, of Kewaskum, passed away at the Kathy Hospice in West
Bend on Sunday, March 18, 2012, after 9 months in a long battle with
Better known as "Jim" or "Jimmy" to his loved ones, he
was born on June 17, 1949, to Elmer and Elva (Faulkner) Hanson in Black
River Falls, Wis. He married Carlotta Merry Lee on Dec. 27, 1969. They
left home in May of 1969 to pursue employment in the Sheboygan area where
Jim worked for Armour Leather Co., Tecumseh Diecast, Richardson Lumber Co.
and Bemis Manufacturing. With his experience in the manufacturing of
garment leather, he then worked as an Operations Manager for Tanfur
Corporation. This role led to an opportunity to relocate to Murray, Utah,
where he trained Ute Indians on the reservation in Roosevelt, Utah. This
lasted two years and then he returned to Wisconsin and worked as plant
manager at Great Lakes Tanning Co. until it closed in 1980. Jim then
continued his career with General Split Corp, Hide Service Corp, and
Milwaukee Tallow (later purchased by Darling Corporation) in numerous
management roles. More recently, Jim worked for Sysco Foods, Futuristic
Tiles (Walter’s Building and Supplies) and West Bend Commercial
Warehouse before retiring.
His most enjoyable moments revolved around family … everything from quiet
moments at home with his wife to large family gatherings with his
children and siblings, along with their families. Jim spent most of his
free time fishing, hunting, motorcycle riding, adventures to the casino,
time with his grandkids, and repairing small engines.
He is survived by his beloved wife and soul mate, Carlotta Merry (Lee)
Hanson; three sons: Justin (Becky), Brandon, and Quentin; seven
grandchildren: Quentin Jr., Hunter, Bryce, Stormy, Austin, Sadey, Colton;
and 6 sisters: Peggy (Chuck), Carol (Junior), Janis (Jay), Diane (Mike),
Rachel (Glen), Susan (Mike), and sister-in-law Cheryl along with numerous
nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and
Elva; brother, Allen; sister, Betty; and brothers-in-law Charles Wilkinson
and Glen Wells.
The visitation will be on Thursday, March 22, 2012, at the Phillip Funeral
Home Chapel of West Bend (1420 W. Paradise Drive) from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
No formal service will be held.
A Memorial Service in Taylor, WI will be at 11
a.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2012, at Taylor Lutheran Church (111 Church
Street in Taylor). Visitation will be from 10-10:45 a.m. on Saturday,
April 7, 2012, at the church. Burial of ashes will follow at Woodlawn
Cemetery in Taylor.
James’ family wishes to extend sincere thanks to Dr. Charles Kaufmann,
West Bend Cancer Center, and Kathy Hospice’s staff, most of all, the
support from his loving family.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family.