Donald Ernest Hanson, 80, of New London, died Saturday, October 29, 2022 at Arbor Springs in West Des Moines. He was born March 12, 1942 in Mt. Pleasant to John Nicholas and Katherine Martha Bell Hanson. He was a 1960 graduate of New London High School. On December 30, 1959 he married Elizabeth Ann Parker. She died March 2, 2021.
For more than forty years, Don worked as a lineman for local telephone companies. He attended the Christian Church; was a Mason; and he enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening.
He is survived by his children, Mary (Tony) Martin of New London, Julie (Charles) Griffith of Cape Coral, Florida, Barbara Kaine of Ft. Myers, Florida, Michael Hanson of New London, and Tiffany (Wayne) Bergman of Altoona; fifteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; three sisters, Virginia Warren of Pennsylvania, Mary Becker of Missouri, and Susie (Bob) Henderson of Mt. Pleasant; and one brother Jim Hanson (Darlene) of New London. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one son Kenneth and his brother Frank.
According to his wishes, his body has been cremated and a graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday at Burge Cemetery, rural New London. Friends may call from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm at Elliott Chapel, New London. Those wishing to follow in procession to the cemetery should meet at the funeral home at 1:30 pm. A memorial has been established for the Lewy Body Dementia Foundation. Online condolences may be left at www.elliottfuneralchapel.com.