Hanson, Robert John, a 45-year resident of Rancho Palos Verdes, passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2006 in San Pedro after a brief illness. Born October 30, 1918 in Dubuque, Iowa, Robert was 87 when he died. Robert graduated from the US Naval Academy, Class of 1942. He served in the U.S. Navy for 26 years, primarily as a Naval Aviator, retiring as a Captain. He saw service in World War II and the Korean Conflict. Robert later received an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business. Following his retirement from the Navy, he taught Accounting at LA Harbor College for 15 years. Robert was a charter member of St. John Fisher Parish and a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a founding member of Los Verdes Golf and Country Club and was also an active member of the "Peck Park Patriots" tennis group for many years. He is survived by sons Robert Jr. (Judi), David (Liz), and Tom (Dorothy) Hanson, and by daughter Christina (Bob) Papke. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 50 years, Josephine C. "Jo" Hanson. Viewing will be held at St. John Fisher at 9am on Friday, February 10th, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10am. Burial will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Marianist Mission, Mount Saint John, 4435 East Patterson Road, Dayton Ohio, 45481-0001, (http://www/, or the American Diabetes Association. To send the family a message, share a memory, or for directions to services, please go to the mortuary's website,

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  1. Nadine and I want to express our condolences over the loss of your father. We regret that we were unable to attend the service, but only just saw the notice this afternoon. Our thoughts are with you all. If there is anything we can do to assist you during this time of sorrow please let us know. Sincerely, Dave & Nadine Moseley 310 316 5008

  2. Tom and Dave, I was saddened to here of your father’s death. I felt great affection for both your parents and am very glad I got to see you both recently. There is not much to say other than your dad will always be remembered with respect in my heart. I feel privileged to have known him. Sincerely. Dan Gillespie 85 South Street #6 S New York, NY 10038 212.514.5018

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