Roger L. Hanson, age 81, a resident of Ocean Shores, died on December 31, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.
We remember Roger as our favorite uncle. He was interesting, creative and caring. Roger touched the lives of many through his music advertising, teaching, writings and paintings.
Roger graduated from Hector High School and Gustavus Adolphus College. During college he played baritone for the band and was also involved politically, attending the 1953 inauguration of President Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon. He served in the U. S. Army and later began his work at The March of Dimes Foundation as the state representative of Iowa and Kansas. He moved on to be an advertising representative creating radio ads for companies like Anheuser-Busch and their “10,000,000 barrels of beer sold” promotion in 1964. He also worked for Patterson Dental in their sales and marketing division. Later he began his teaching career as a math teacher in Colorado. After retirement he moved back to MN to spend time with his mother.
Throughout his life Roger wrote and published poetry and short story books that made you laugh and cry. His love was painting. Cathedral Window, Birches, Notre Dame at Night, Through the Trees, Picnic, and Night Music to name a few. Artists impact and touch the lives of more than we know. Roger did that in his own creative and quirky way.
Thank you Roger for the memories. You made us laugh, you taught us to ski, you helped us with college papers, and you cared for our Grandmother.
We love you and will miss you.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at 9:00 AM on Friday, January 3, 2014, at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington.
Arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary, Inc. 422 5th Street in Hoquiam, Washington.
Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the on-line register at www.colemanmortuary.net.