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Baker City, Baker County, Oregon
Richard Lee “Dick” Hanson, 69, died May 7, 2005 at Pacific Specialty & Rehab Care in Vancouver, Wash., from complications of a stroke.
Disposition was by cremation. There will be no funeral. A celebration of his life will be scheduled later this spring in Baker City to allow distant friends and relatives to attend.
Dick was born on Feb. 21, 1936, at Des Moines, Iowa. He attended high school at Des Moines and graduated from Iowa State University at Ames with a bachelor’s degree in forestry.
He married Laura Sue McCollum on June 14, 1959. Dick and Sue moved to Oregon in 1963, when Dick took a job with the Bureau of Land Management in Eugene. They moved to Baker City in 1981, and he retired from the BLM in 1994.
Dick was a longtime member of the U.S. Army Reserve.
Survivors include his wife, Sue, of Baker City; his son, Tim Hanson, of Corvallis; his daughter, Cindy Hanson, of St. Paul, Minn.; and his beloved dog, Max.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Bob.
In lieu of gifts or flowers, the family suggests that those who wish to remember him plant a tree, because he knew and loved the forest so well.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 13, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor