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George E. Hanson

December 13, 1931 ~ August 20, 2020 (age 88)

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Age 88, of Mount Lebanon, on Thursday, August 20, 2020. Beloved husband for 61 years of the late Mary Kay (Dudley) Hanson; devoted father of Tammy (Scott) Van Horn of Mt. Lebanon and Mark (Anne) Hanson of Griffin, GA; loving grandfather of Mark Hanson Jr., Ashley (Robert) Gardner, the late Luke (Donya) Hanson and Austin (Faith) Van Horn; great grandfather of Hadlee, Ryder, Carter, Nathaniel, Theodore and Evangaline. George was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Growing up he was an accomplished outdoorsman and after high school worked on the railroad as a carpenter. In 1951 George joined the Air Force, trained as a Maintenance Technician on the B-47 aircraft and left with the rank of Airman First Class. Upon returning to Grand Rapids, he married Mary Kay. They soon moved to Missouri where George attended and graduated from Kansas City Aero Mechanics School, their daughter, Tammy, was born during this time. George started with McDonnell Aircraft in St. Louis, and their son, Mark, arrived soon after.  He continued to pursue his career in the airline industry with a move back to Michigan where he worked with Allegheny Airlines in Detroit. George began working with his son in scouting and was recognized for his dedication. Continuing his career, George moved his family to the Moon Township area of Pittsburgh. The family travelled all over the country and became avid campers. They especially enjoyed Pentwater, MI, introducing the grandchildren to their love of Lake Michigan. George and his "lovely" Mary Kay spent much time strolling along the sandy beach.  He eventually retired from USAir after 30 years of service.  George had a passion for carpentry and woodworking, and an even stronger passion for giving away what he made. He loved reading and had a large collection of books he was always willing to share. George will be remembered as a capable and generous man, always carrying a smile and positive attitude.  He had strong values and loyalties.  He loved his family and he was loved by many.  He was a man of faith, relying on Christ to get him through every season of life, both good and bad.  George was and still is a child of God. His life celebration will be private for his family and he will be laid to rest in Mount Lebanon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family lovingly asks that memorials be sent to Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 255 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216 or the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Avenue, suite E-201 Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

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