Robert Hanson age 79, was called home to be with Jesus on March 22, 2011 due to natural causes. Bob was the son of Norwegian Immigrants. He had lived all around the world during his lifetime and had been a resident of Redlands for 12 years. Bob was born at the State Fish Hatchery in Lanesboro, MN and was raised there until he was a young adult. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and being with his many loyal dogs. Having a dog was a big part of his life that he spoke about fondly. Bob enlisted in the US Air Force in 1951 and was stationed in England where he met his wife to be Patricia Bowler. It was a love that would last a lifetime until her passing in 2006. He lived at Mather and Beale AFB with his family before moving to Bitburg, Germany in 1966. He enjoyed traveling through Europe and back to England during those years. After moving back to California in 1970, he was stationed at Norton AFB until he retired in 1971. Bob was devoted to his family and spent many vacations each year traveling around the US and back to his wife’s country of England. His family really enjoyed a wonderful life. When Bob’s children were grown, he and his wife Pat moved from Highland to Salem, OR in 1989. They lived in Oregon for 10 yrs until Pat’s health declined, which brought them to Redlands, where his daughter Leslie and her family live. Bob was a devoted husband to his wife, caring for her the next 7 years. He was an avid bowler, and belonged to the senior league at Empire Bowl.
One of his greatest joys was watching baseball and spending time with his grandkids. He was especially close with his grandchildren Trevor and Allyson.
He is survived by his children, Beverly Yarbrough of Palm Desert and Leslie (Terry) Gregory of Redlands, Paul Hanson of Wrightwood and grandchildren Erik & Angela Greenzweig, Heather & Stephanie Yarbrough, Trevor & Allyson Gregory.
Funeral Services will be held at 11am on Friday, April 1st, 2011 at Cortner Chapel. Internment will follow at 1:30pm at Riverside National Cemetery with full honors.
Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the Heart Association. His daughter Leslie would like to thank everyone for their warm and wonderful condolences and support through this difficult time. Dad, you will be greatly missed and stay in our hearts forever.