David Peter “Vuds” Hanson, 65, of Nashwauk, passed away Monday, June 24, 2019, at Grand Itasca Hospital in Grand Rapids.
David was born January 13, 1954, in Hibbing, to Clement and Alva (Larson) Hanson. He attended Nashwauk schools. David was a very talented musician and worked as a professional drummer in numerous bands. Many people depended on David and his father, Clem, to repair, refinish, redo just about anything. They were a team for many years until his dad's passing.
David continued to be self-employed as Nashwauk's handyman for many years to follow. Many hours were spent helping Mary Lynn with the opening, managing and maintaining of the “Open Hands Open Heart Food Shelf” which existed for 11 years.
David was passionate about music and often denoted it with love. His particular fondness for animals, children and the elderly won him friends from all paths of life. He was a nature enthusiast and often enjoyed rainbows and star gazing. Comedy movies were his favorite past time, as well as writing poems and children's stories.
David's sparkling blue eyes and magnetic smile, along with all his unique gifts and interests, made him stand out in a crowd. His free-spirited choices in how he lived life came along with plenty of laughter and wit. Blessed with a heart of gold, he was such a good, kind, wise and happy man who gave so much to so many. A famous quote that would describe David says that in order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. He left many wonderful and unique memories for family and friends. David is a reminder to us all to be grateful, live in the present, take chances, deliberate long and act swiftly, live each day like it's your last and to find joy and be happy.
David will be remembered by his significant other of 30 years, Mary Lynn DeGreene of Nashwauk; two brothers, Edward Hanson of Grand Rapids, and Robert (Becky) Hanson of Nashwauk; two sisters, Susan (Steve) Modich of Bemidji, and Shirley Hanson of Minneapolis; nieces and nephews: Christoper Hanson, Jennifer (Adam) Castle, Robbie Hanson, Kristi Hanson (Eric Mattson), Holly Hanson (Steve Ostrander), Casey (Kristi) Modich, Liz (Matthew) Smith, and Jeremiah Modich; beloved felines, Smokey and Bandit; his dog, Pepper; and numerous great-nieces, great-nephews and friends.
David was preceded in death by his mother, Alva Hanson; father, Clement Hanson; and niece, Heather Hanson.
Funeral: Memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Nashwauk Methodist Church.
Visitation: Will be held one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Precious Paws Animal Shelter in Chisholm.
Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Hibbing. To sign the online guest book or send condolences visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.