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LeRoy L. Hanson Jr.

LeRoy L. Hanson Jr.

LeRoy L. Hanson Jr. of Hayward, WI and recently of Owatonna died October 22, 2017 at Birchwood Cottages of Owatonna, MN. Mass of Christian Burial will take place 2:30 pm Saturday, October 28 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Owatonna, MN with Fr. John Sauer as the officiant. Interment at Greenwood Cemetery in Hayward, WI will take place spring 2018. LeRoy Louis Hanson, Jr. was born on July 14, 1947 to LeRoy Hanson and Beverly Canty Hanson in Superior, WI. Lee graduated from Superior High School in 1965 and earned his Associate's Degree at Superior Vocational School. Upon earning his drafting degree, Lee began his 20-year career with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation as a project supervisor, winning a number of awards for his ability to manage projects. Lee was united in marriage with Judy Anderson on October 11, 1969. They made their home in Hayward, WI and had one daughter, Tracy, in 1973. Lee's career was cut short when he suffered a traumatic brain injury following a motor vehicle accident in 1986. However, it was his sense of humor that defined him, not his wheelchair. Lee enjoyed time with his family, often providing comic relief to his many cousins, nieces and nephews. Lee died surrounded by loved ones after a short stay at Birchwood Memory Care in Owatonna, MN on October 22. 2017. He is survived by his devoted wife Judy, their daughter Tracy (Dan) Ruiter and three grandchildren, Brady, Brett and Jack Ruiter, all of Owatonna. Lee is also survived by his parents, LeRoy and Beverly Hanson, his brother Jeff (Judy) Hanson, sisters Phyllis (Rick) Johnson and Barb (Darrell) Fairbanks, all of Superior, WI. Lee is preceded in death by his Father in-law, Ernest Anderson, and his Mother in-law, Sophie Anderson. To leave a condolence message go to