DeWayne Hanson

DeWayne Hanson


August 24, 1932 - April 13, 2022


DeWayne Hanson, 89, of Mitchell, formerly of Alexandria, SD, died Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at Edgewood Assisted Living in Mitchell. Memorial services will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, April 20, at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Willard DeWayne Hanson was born on August 24th, 1932, in Fulton, SD to Willard and Myrtle (Foster) Hanson. DeWayne grew up in Fulton, until his parents moved to Alexandria. He graduated from Alexandria High School in 1950.

DeWayne served as a postal clerk in the United States Air Force in the Korean Conflict between 1951 and 1955. He took much pride in serving his country and was honorably discharged on January 5, 1955. 

On November 9, 1955, DeWayne was united in marriage to Carol Clark in Alexandria, SD. To this union, they raised two sons and a daughter in Mitchell, SD. He was a member of the United Methodist Church.

After returning from the Air Force, DeWayne worked hard painting, hanging wallpaper, taping and texturing, and eventually started his own business of Hanson Painting Service. He continued to work until 75 years of age. At the age of 47, his son Stewart had joined him in business, and Stewart eventually took over after DeWayne retired.  

DeWayne was a member of the Elks Club, Moose Club, and Mitchell Bass Masters. DeWayne loved the outdoors with many family trips to either Lake Mitchell or the Missouri River. Camping, skiing, and tubing were highlights of their family adventures. He was also an avid hunter and angler. After the kids were grown, if DeWayne was not working, he was likely to be hunting or fishing.

DeWayne is survived by his two children, Stewart (JoLynn) Hanson and Sue Hanson all of Mitchell, SD; grandchildren, Angie (Anthony) Muller, Crystal Hanson and significant other Skip, Alissa (Dusty) Dougherty, Kelsey Hanson and finance’ Lee Glanzer all of Sioux Falls, SD, Ashley (Mike) Harmon of Riverton, WY, Kolton Hanson and significant other Natasha of Sturgis, SD, Jennifer (Travis) Wittenhagen, Jason Easton, Justin Easton, and Jordan (Emily) Hanson all of Mitchell, SD; 8 great-grandchildren and one on the way; sister, Millie Fischer of Parkston; sister-in-law, Marie Hanson of Mitchell; and brother-in-law, Bob (Pam) Clark of Rowlette, TX.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol; son, Steve Hanson; parents, Willard and Myrtle; grandson, Aaron Hanson; brothers, Delton Hanson, Robert (Peggy) Hanson, Donald Hanson, and Terry Hanson; sister, Shirley (Pete) Renken; and brothers-in-law, Ray Fischer and Gene Clark.



Wednesday, April 20, 2022
10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301

Posted by Bob Marler on April 20, 2022
I'm so sorry for the loss of DeWayne. We had a lot of good times together. I'm sure the Bass will be much safer now. My he Rest In Peace.
Posted by Marcy Wolf on April 19, 2022
DeWayne and Carol were our Dear Frienda for Years they took our dance lessons and we hung out together on weekends they would come out and hunt our land. May you all have our sympathy. He can joke with Harold again
Posted by Bryan & Jenna Doorn on April 19, 2022
Sorry for your loss.
Posted by DAVE & imy Snyder on April 18, 2022
So sorry for your loss. Healing prayers for you & your family.
Posted by Douglas G Kusel on April 17, 2022
DeWayne offered me a job while attending DWU in the sixties and he patiently showed me his trade. We often drank coffee at Vic’s carpentry shop, spoke of hunting and fishing and settled “world problems”. I remained friends DeWayne, Carol and family over the years. Fortunately, I was able visit DeWayne last fall at his retirement home. Many, many fond memories, he will be missed. May God bless his family and friends.
Posted by Jack Earl on April 17, 2022
Your Dad was a great guy. Worked with him on many jobs over the years
Posted by Don Trebil on April 16, 2022
Sorry for your loss Stuart, may he RIP
Posted by Del Renken Beach on April 16, 2022
So sorry for your loss
Posted by Bob and Pam Clark on April 15, 2022
Our condolences to the whole Hanson family. DeWayne was a great brother in law. We will miss him.
Posted by Wes Pierson on April 15, 2022
DeWayne was a long time client of mine, and a good coffee friend at the old stomping grounds.
He will be missed.
Posted by Bob Carlson, Carly on April 15, 2022
Class Mate, Alexandria SD
Posted by Kevin Lang on April 15, 2022
Sorry for your loss.
Posted by Rick and Cindy Easton on April 15, 2022
Sending our love and support to all.
Posted by Kim Haiar M&H on April 15, 2022
RIP DeWayne you were a good guy, Prayers to you Stuart and Jo
Posted by Angie on April 15, 2022
I’m sure gonna miss you grandpa❤️
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