September 16, 1924 - August 20, 2015
Alfred Hanson, 90, of Bryan, went to be with his Lord on August 20, 2015. A time for family to receive friends will be from 5-8 PM on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at Hillier Funeral Home in Bryan. A rosary will be recited at 6 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 4 PM on Monday, August 24, 2015 at St Joseph Catholic Church, in Bryan with Msgr. John McCaffrey officiating. Interment will follow at Restever Memorial Cemetery.
Alfred, also noted as Uncle Al, was born September 16, 1924 in San Antonio, Texas to Lela Bell (Bradbury) Hanson and Newton Lewis Hanson. His parents were both deaf and met at the Texas School for the Deaf in Austin, Texas. The four brothers, Herbert, Alfred, Halbert, and Jack have all passed on. The family was raised in the depression and Uncle Al discussed this fact many times. They were raised in Goose Creek, Texas, which is now known as Baytown.
All the brothers served their country and came home safely. Uncle Al received 5 five bronze stars for service in the South Pacific, Philippines Liberation Medal, 2 overseas service Medals, Victory ribbons, American Theatre Campaign medal, Good Conduct Medal all as a radio radar operator in the 5th Air force on C-47 troop carrier planes. He received his wings at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He said many times the real heroes were the hundreds and hundreds of white crosses he saw on missions from Tourmaline, Australia to Takekawa, Japan.
Uncle Al graduated from Robert E. Lee High School, Massey's Business College and attended Texas A&M University. In the FFA he won 2nd in the nation for summarizing and writing a final report on raising chickens in your backyard for war effort. He talked in front of students at various high schools and on the radio in Houston. He was no longer timid from having deaf parents. In 1947 he opened Robsco Locker Plant in Hearne, Texas. He was noted from the Brazos Valley to New Braunsfels for his preparation and production of smoked ham, turkey and sausage. Later he opened Hanson Meats and Freezer Services in Bryan, Texas.
He married his high school beauty Ruby Mae Navosad and had seven (yes SEVEN) wonderful children; Susan, Steven, Carol, Mark, Tommy, Donna, and Rodney, 12 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and numerous close friends. Uncle Al was Past Commander of the American Legion, President of the Lions Club in Hearne, Past Commander of VFW post 4692, and an active member of St Joseph Catholic Church.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to the Wounded Warriors Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org and Still Creek Ranch www.stillcreekranch.org Please share memories and tributes to Alfred at www.hillierfuneralhome.com.