Rex Irvin Hanson passed away on January 16, 2022 at the age of 89 years. He was born July 1, 1932 in Lewistown to Bernt and Ona Marie (Hess) Hanson joining his sister, Jean, born November 1, 1930.
The family lived east of Winifred on a homestead on the Missouri River. During the 1930’s, Bernt went logging in the Bitterroot for a couple of years and took the family with him, always coming back to Winifred and Knox Ridge.
In 1940, the family moved from Winifred to Kinsey, Montana and Rex and Jean attended the Kinsey School and graduated from Custer County High School in Miles City. Rex was an outstanding baseball pitcher for Kinsey and Winifred.
Rex went back to Winifred and worked for his Uncle Hugh and Aunt Bernice Ford building reservoirs and roads. Later he also worked for his cousin, Tom Ford, on the ranch and driving truck.
He came back and farmed with his Dad until 1970 when Bernt sold the farm.
Rex worked for Ralph Compton in the fertilizer business, sold insurance for brother-in-law, Doug Fleming, in South Dakota, built a bar with Jim Thomas in Belle Creek, worked on Doug and Jean’s ranch on Sweeney Creek, but his career was with Portable Pavers and John Prince. Rex ran the “hot plant” for many years and drove truck the last few years.
Rex spent a lot of time with Charlotte Vergine, her daughter, Stephanie, and the Ronning Family.
Rex had many friends including Wayne Mulkey, Norman Carey, Jack Campbell, Lewis Parent, Lyle Hirsch, Vincent Two Two, Miles Milligan, Rich Frost, Claire Cook, Terry Gierke, Gary Patrick, Rod Strohmayer, Howard Rasmussen, Bob Job, Ed and Joyce Malley, John Carr, Bob Simac, Wade Fleming, Harvey Saddler, and Pat Hedges, to name a few.
Rex spent his Thanksgiving Holiday with the Campbell Family for many years, staying in close contact with them.
Rex was preceded in death by his parents, Bernt and Ona, sister, Jean, brother-in-law, Doug, Uncle Hugh Ford and Aunt Bernice Hess Ford, Audrey Ford, and many in the Hanson & Hess Family, his special friend Charlotte Vergine, and her daughter, Stephanie. Rex is survived by nephew, Flint Fleming, Tom Ford, Robert and Vicki Ehlert and family (Abby, Carmen and Barry).
A celebration of Rex’s life will be held July 1, 2022 at “High Noon” at the Range Riders Museum in Miles City, with lunch and fellowship to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Rex’s memory may be given to the Range Riders Museum or charity of your choosing.