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Hanson, Pastor Bob

d. October 7, 2013

Pastor Bob Hanson, age 70, of Springfield, formerly of Greenview, passed away on October 7, 2013 at his residence.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; his daughters, Stephanie, husband Craig Boaz, Lucy Hanson Schrage, and Anne, husband Henri Mambungu; four grandchildren, Maggie, Zane, and Wyatt Schrage, and John Boaz; sister, Carolyn Bell; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Eula Hanson; a sister, Glenna Fay.

Pastor Bob was born October 8, 1942 in Monmouth, Illinois the son of Henry and Eula Hanson.

He married Mary Simpson on August 26, 1967 in Louisville, KY.

He graduated from Sterling College in Kansas, and later earned a Masters in Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Pastor Bob was a minister for the Greenview United Church for 28 years. Previously he served churches in Manhattan and Osawatomie Kansas, and as a student pastor in Goshen, Kentucky.

He enjoyed gardening, wood-carving, all things Bob Dylan, running, fishing, and the years he served for the Greenview First Responders. He adored any moment he could spend with his grandchildren, reading or telling stories, and teaching crafts and carving.

Visitation will be held 4:00 until 7:00 PM Friday, October 11, 2013 at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Greenview United Church.

Rev. Stephanie McCullough will be officiating.

Burial will be held at Elmwood Cemetery in Greenview.

Memorials can be made to Greenview United Church.

On-line condolences can be shared at chrismac:8888/mott/.


  1. Dear Lucy and Family,

    Know that we are thinking of and praying for you during this time of loss. Cherish the wonderful memories while you celebrate your father.

    Our love and hugs, Laura Tolone & George Santos

  2. I was so very sorry to see where “Preacher Bob” (as we called him) had died. He was such an important person in my dads life in Greenview. He would always take time to visit my dad and was very important in his life. Dad was a fisherman and I think Bob was too. He carved a duck for my dad and he always cherished it. I now have it and will also cherish it. When dad was so sick; Bob came and sat with me and was such a terrific help to me. He went on a family vacation and just got there when my dad died. He turned right around and came back to be with our family and do the services for him. My family loved him very much. He was a very special person and I know your family will miss him greatly. He was a terrific human being. Thinking of you and your family.

  3. Dear Mary, Stephanie, Lucy & Ann,

    My Prayers and memories go out to you. He was a wonderful person and pastor and will be greatly missed. Will always remember everything he has done and will keep on doing.

    With all our love and prayer,

    Peggy, Ike, Ikie, Pat Chris & Melissa

  4. What a difference one life can make. Pastor Bob was a wonderful person who made a positive difference in so my lives. May your family find comfort in God’s love.

  5. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. (Grandson of Jennie Caldwell)

  6. Mary, Stephanie, Lucy, and Ann

    Pastor Bob was a wonderful, compassionate person. He was very helpful to us during Dad’s many illnesses. But most of all, I don’t know if you know this, but he was the reason I came back to the church after being away for so many years. During my absent years, he always treated me like one of his flock even though I was not active in the congregation. I always appreciated that. He will be fondly and lovingly remembered. I’m sure he and my Dad will be having some laughs together again.

    Randy and Donna (Bless) Tibbs

  7. Mary, my heart to out to you and your family. I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. You and your family are in my prayers.

  8. I am sure I can safely speak for all of the families at Morningside Presbyterian Church when I say that we have grown to appreciate our beloved Pastor Stephanie and want to extend our wish for caring comfort during a time of such loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Bob and I were childhood neighbors. We spent a lot of time playing together and spending time at the park across the street. Although we lost contact after High school,I will always remember him as one of the nicest persons I have ever known. He was the kind of person that you were glad to have known, and have been able to call him a friend.

    Sincerely, Gary Osborne

  10. Our family extends our sympathies to Pastor Bob’s family. He was a kind and thoughtful person and was an example to all. He was so helpful to our family at the passings of my parents and aunt. His will not be forgotten. The Cline Family

  11. Dear Mary and Family, Pastor Bob touched the lives of everyone in my family. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Sincerely, Craig Davis

  12. Dear Mary and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Pastor Bob’s passing. He had such an impact on my life and I have so many wonderful memories of him and the church that you all so faithfully served in for so many years. We are all blessed to have known Pastor Bob and your family. I’m sure he’s enjoying every second in God’s beautiful heaven!

    Blessings, Melissa (Cramer) Vandorp

  13. Deepest Sympathies!

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