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Harry Albert Hanson

04/05/1946 - 05/01/2020

Harry “Junior” A. Hanson was born April 5, 1946 to Albert and Clara Hanson in Denver, CO. He passed away at the age of 74 on May 1, 2020 in Mesa, AZ. Harry was the youngest of 10 children. He spent his childhood in Custer, SD under the loving care of the Husaboe family. With the extended family, he had 4 brothers and 9 sisters (5 Hanson and 4 Husaboe).

Harry graduated from Custer High School. After graduation he joined the Army Infantry Division and married Carol. Harry served with distinction during the Vietnam war where he earned several medals including the Combat Infantry Badge, multiple Silver Stars, Solders Heroism, and multiple Bronze Stars with valor. In addition to his outgoing personality, Harry always had a strong entrepreneurial spirit and enjoyed socializing with everyone. After the military, Harry worked in the logging industry in the Black Hills of South Dakota. He left South Dakota to start a up a furniture store in Douglas, WY. Once experiencing how much better his health was in Arizona, in the early 80’s, he moved to the Phoenix area where he helped Carol’s sister and brother-in-law build catering routes serving construction workers. Harry eventually branched off and ran his own catering business.  He sold the catering business and continued to remain active by volunteering as an usher for Mesa Arts Center. In between running businesses and volunteering, he enjoyed spending time camping, fishing and generally being outdoors with family and friends.

Harry leaves behind his wife Carol Hanson of Mesa, AZ; daughters Roxann Tong and husband Terrence of Gilbert, AZ, Michelle Marlatt and husband John of Mesa, AZ; son Shawn Hanson of Glendale, AZ; grandsons Joshua Reinhold, Kolton Reinhold, and Cody Hanson; granddaughters Grace Tong and Joyce Tong; great-granddaughter Zariah; sisters Mildred Drummond, Jean Murray and Rose Patras; and Husaboe sisters Joyce and Maxine; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Harry was proceeded in death by his parents Albert and Clara Hanson; brothers Dick, Elmer, Alfred, and Thomas Hanson; sisters Betty McKee and Edith Simms; and Husaboe sisters Frances and Faith.



  • Jim Schneider

    Harry and I were lifelong friends and we both served in the Vietnam WQar, both were wounded and held offices in the VFW. Harry was a good pal to hang with. We used to plan on Memorial day being a fishing and picnic day for he, Carol, Monica and myself. Rest in peace my friend

  • Dale and Kathy Hanson

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Harry will be greatly missed.

  • Julia Johnson

    My deepest condolences to the entire family. Harry was a very good friend to me & my children. He will be greatly missed😢

  • Rest in Heaven my friend. My deepest condolences.

  • Diana Downey

    So sorry for your loss Roxanne , it is never easy at any time. May your memories help you and your family at this time. Prayers may your dad Rest In Peace.

  • Steve Baldwin

    Harry was one of my favorite friends from school and beyond, really missed him after he moved south.

  • Vickie Howe Kaufman

    I am so sorry for your loss. We were classmates. He was kind and thoughtful.

  • I meet Harry at autozone he need help i help him. We came great friends for ten years. He came more than friend he came like older brother. I was true miss him.

  • James Whitley

    Condolences from an old friend and classmate from Custer, S.D. Harry was a good man, and tougher than the back wall of a shooting gallery.

  • Evangeline Gican

    Sorry for your loss. Deepest sympathies goes to the family, relatives, and friends…I miss him in our Tagged pets game and casual conversations…
    Rest in Peace Harry…

  • He was a joy and he so loved all his volunteering


  • Harry’s laughter and shenanigans will be missed by all. He had a way making everyone around him feel welcome and like a friend. Family reunions will not be the same. Prayers and hugs to family for the loss of a wonderful guy.

  • Jim & Pat Hattervig

    Sorry for your loss, prayers for the family.

  • Gary and Kathy Buffington

    We are so sorry for the loss of your loved one. May God wrap His Loving Arms around you and bring you comfort. Harry was a good, caring person.

  • Darlene Bly Capela

    RIP Harry……you will be missed.

  • Ed and Martha Morgan

    Our love and thoughts are with you – Deepest sympathy

  • Debbie "Screamer" Enos

    My heart goes out to your family. Love to all.

  • Rex & Kathleen Waddington

    The world has lost a great man, our Lord will welcome him with open hands.

  • Thinking of all of you during this time. May fond memories bring you comfort. It was nice seeing Harry a few years ago at the family reunion.
    Much love, Clara & crew

  • Steven Nunez

    RIP my friend, God will take care of you now.

  • Joenie Monsen-painter

    Blessings to you all. Harry was such a great guy and so nice to us little kids. He is a grand soul

  • We will all miss him ,even tho I only knew him for a short time,he was. A wonderful man,RIP HARRY

  • Ron and Judy Lacey

    We’re sad to hear of Harry’s passing and extend our sympathy and prayers to Carol and all the family. We were high school friends and in our early married years in Custer. Rest in peace Harry. You will be missed.

  • Patsy Anderson

    My thoughts and prayers for your loss. Harry was a great friend during our high school days. Rest in peace

  • Always loved…
    Forever missed ….
    Never Forgetten…
    Beautiful soul is never forgetten . Rest in peace Harry.
    Thank you for always being my best friend . You are always in my heart.

  • Mark A. Mills

    In remembrance of a veteran who has answered his final roll call.

    Rest in peace, Soldier.

    Custer Post #46, American Legion
    South Dakota Department

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