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Robert M Hanson

Robert M Hanson

Robert M. Hanson, age 90 of Pepin, formerly of Alma, died Thursday, April 14, 2022 at St. Elizabeth’s Care Center in Wabasha, MN.

Bob was born on July 16, 1931 in Chatfield, MN. He was the son of John and Edna (Hanson) Hanson. He was one of five brothers. Bob grew up in Whalen, MN and graduated from Lanesboro High School. After school, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served stateside until he was honorably discharged. His most favorite military experience was when he got to fly to Las Vegas on a DC1 aircraft to watch an A-Bomb be tested. After the military, Bob went to work at Dairyland Power in Alma, where he met his future wife, Nora Ingalls Herrmann. Bob and Nora were married on November 17, 1963 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Alma. He helped raise Nora’s two young children, Douglas and Christine, as if they were his own. Bob owned and operated Hanson Marine in Alma where he sold and repaired small engines for snowmobiles and boats. Later, Bob and Nora moved to Pepin where he farmed for 25 years. For the last three years, Bob has been a resident of St. Elizabeth’s Care Center in Wabasha.

Bob enjoyed snowmobiling, boating, hunting, shooting trap, reloading shells, collecting guns and fishing. He also liked watching NASCAR and the Green Bay Packers. Bob was proud of the fact that he was a member of the Alma American Legion Post #224 for over 59 years. Most of all Bob loved to spend time with family and friends. He could usually be found at his grill.

Bob is survived by his children, Douglas (Barbara) Herrmann of Calistoga, CA and Christine Herrmann of Burbank, CA; his beloved granddaughter, Mona Nash of Burbank, CA; one great granddaughter, Mimi Nora Christene of Burbank; two brothers, John (Marlyn) of Chatfield, MN and David of St. Charles, MN; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Nora, and two brothers, LuVerne and Everett.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, June 4, 2022 at the Pepin Lions Club from 12PM Noon - 3:00PM. 

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Kelly lafky

    My condolences to the family. I helped Bob with his daily cares at St. Elizabeth's . What a nice man with a great sense of humor. He will be missed.

  2. Edna (Hovde) Murray

    Bob was a gentle and kind man. He will always be well thought of and respected. So sorry for your loss. Hugs

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