Family Login:

Pause Broken Dreams by Bruce H. Zimmerman (ASCAP)
Share This Obituary
Message from the Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Gary by adding your memories and photos.


Arrangements made by

Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home

Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home
101 Gerkin
Gregory, SD 57533
Get Directions

Profile of Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home

View Phone Number
View Fax Number
Email Us

Send Flowers
 Send Flowers

Memories & Candles

“Gary picked corn for my dad Oscar Besmer. I would have to change wagons when needed. He was a very hard worker. My prayers go out to the family.2V ”
1 of 1 | Posted by: Marilyn Pike - Rapid City, SD

Gary Lavern Hanson was born August 31, 1941 in rural Gregory County to Alfred and Frances (Johnson) Hanson. He attended country school in rural Gregory County and graduated from Gregory High School.

Gary married Nancy Marie Turney on April 30, 1960. To this union eight children were born: Erik, Bradley, Melanie, Monica, Bryan, Bruce, Brandon, and Brady.

After marriage he started working as a farm laborer in the Hamill, SD
area. They then returned to the family farm to help his father. After
the birth of their first child, Erik, they moved to the Winner area as
farm laborers. Later they moved to Denver, Co and Rockford, IL and
worked in factories until after the birth of their second son, Bradley
in 1963. They then returned permanently to Burke, SD where they had six
more children along with Gene Carroll, a special friend of the family,
who grew up with the children on the farm. They rented farms in the area
and later bought his father Alfred Hanson's farm in 1968 and remained
there the majority of his life. He and his first wife, Nancy, were
divorced after 38 years.

Gary later married Michelle Bowman and to this union two daughters were
born: Jami and Jena. He also adopted Justin and Jorden, Michelle's
youngest children. They later moved to a farm near Emery, SD. Gary ran
a hunting lodge and drove truck for the elevator and local farmers. The
marriage to Michelle ended after six years. Gary continued to live with
his son Bradley and two grandchildren on the farm. He later entered the
Bridgewater nursing home in December of 2010.

Gary passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Diamond Care Center in
Bridgewater at the age of 75.

He is survived by his children, Melanie Hoffman and her three children
Derek, Danielle, and Desiree; Monica & Scott Oldenkamp and their
children Landi and Schuyler; Bryan & Kasey Hanson and their children
Schae, Finn, Ramee, and Piper; Bruce & Sadie Hanson and their children
Grayson, Hadley, Lucy, and Landry; Brandon Hanson and his children
Dominic, Elizabeth, and Logan; Brady & Amanda Hanson and their children
Jocelyn and Silas; Jami Hanson; Jena Hanson; and adopted son Justin &
Danielle Bowman and their children Avery and Abel; Bradley's children
Conan and Aurora; eleven great grandchildren, and by Gary's sister-in-law Faith Hanson of Rockford, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents Alfred & Frances Hanson,
stepmother Marie, brothers Harlan and Merle; two sons Erik and Bradley,
and adopted daughter Jorden.

* * * * * * * * * * * * *

A prayer service for Gary Hanson, 75, was held Wednesday evening May 24, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home with Joe Harmacek overseeing.

Desiree Nelson was in charge of registration.

Schae Hanson gave the eulogy.

Graveside services was held Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Gregory, SD with Joe Harmacek overseeing.