David W. Hanson, 63

David “Dave” William Hanson, age 63, of Mayer, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at his home.

He was born Feb. 14, 1951, in Minneapolis, to Everett Edward Hanson and Donna Mae (Schwender) Hanson. David was baptized as an infant in Minneapolis.

The family moved to a farm between Watertown and Mayer when Dave was a young boy. He was confirmed in 1962, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown.

In his junior year of high school, Dave was honored to be the first Watertown wrestler to qualify for state competition. He was also the leading man in the play “Our Hearts were Young and Gay.” Dave graduated from Watertown-Mayer High School in 1970, where he lettered in track, football, and wrestling.

After graduation, Dave began a long career as a painter and steeplejack, and moonlighted installing rain gutters. Her later worked for Bob McCabe of Watertown, until he and Adam created Hanson’s Painting & Repairs in 1998. In 2012, Dave retired and his son, Adam took over sole responsibility for the company.

Dave married Edith (Edie) Melchert in 1973, and they lived in Waconia.

They invested in several properties in their early married life, where Dave taught both his sons the joy of work and reward. The family moved to what has become known as the Hanson Fun Farm in October 1989. The farm is most known for the annual Haunted Barn, which collects food for the local food shelf and money for a charity or family in need. Dave loved greeting people and making them feel like family.

He is survived by his loving family: wife Edie; children Kris and Adam; daughters-in-law Heather and Sarah; grandchildren Luke, Emily, Garret, and Lana; siblings and wives: Larry and Suzanne Hanson, Paul and Deb Hanson, and Ted and Deb Hanson; in-laws and spouses: Lillie and Fred Tesch, Janet and Dick Stolz, and Martin and Jo-An Melchert; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Donna Hanson; and a brother, Rick.

David loved the adventures of life. In his younger years, it was demolition derbies, riding motorcycles, hunting, fishing, water and snow skiing, snowmobiling, bowling, kiting, scuba diving, and skydiving. Throughout his life he had a passion for competition in any game: chess, poker, cards, board games, or out on the lawn playing volleyball, croquet, golf, softball, or dodgeball.

Dave especially enjoyed creating new memories going on vacations and cruises with family and friends. This past summer, the entire family enjoyed the Boundary Water Canoe Area for a week. The highlight was scuba diving there with his sons.

Most of all, Dave enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. His greatest joy was being with his grandchildren.

A loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, David believed in Jesus Christ as his savior and friend. He trusted in the goodness of people and opened his home to all.

He was very proud to be a charter member of Peace Lutheran Church of Watertown, which was named during a special gathering at the Fun Farm the summer of 2010.

A celebration of life service took place Saturday, Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Watertown, with visitation immediately before the service, from 9 to 11 a.m. Pastor Bruce Nelson, a friend of the family, officiated.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.

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