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Brady Leroy Hanson

October 16, 1943 ~ October 15, 2020 (age 76)

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Brady Leroy Hanson, 76, of Castana, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, October 15, 2020 of a sudden illness.  

A Public Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at the Rush Family Chapel Onawa, Iowa. (No family will be present at the visitation)- Social distancing measures must be followed-Due to Covid-19 restrictions- Please bring and wear masks.) A Private Immediate Family Service will be held with burial at a later date in Center Cemetery, Castana, Iowa.  Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service, Onawa, Iowa.

He was born on October 16, 1943 in Ute, Iowa, to Elvin and Hazel (Riddle) Hanson, the third of four children.  He attended Castana Community Schools, graduating in 1961.  He married Catherine Anderson on April 21, 1963.  Born to this union were five children, eighteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Over the course of his life, Brady worked at Hanson Service Station; Castana Grain Elevator; as a sales agent for Garst & Thomas seed; and as a rural letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring after 30 years. Throughout all of these endeavors, he always farmed as well. He served on the boards of Castana Community Church, Maple Valley Community Schools and was President of Monona County Farm Bureau.  He was elected mayor of Castana and Monona County Supervisor.  He was dedicated to farming, his family, and helping neighbors and community members. 

Brady was an avid reader who never met a stranger. He enjoyed daily coffee gatherings with friends and occasional road trips with Cathy to visit children, grandchildren, extended family and high school friends.  He was always quick to share a joke or story and brag about his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He loved farming and living in Monona County.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Cathy Hanson of Castana, Iowa; children, Pamela (Randy) Eminger of Belle Vista, Ark. and family Adam of San Antonio, Texas, Thomas of Manor, Texas, and Philip (Kristin) of Austin, Texas; Bradley (Mary Jo) Hanson of Castana, Iowa and family Beau (Jennifer) with children, Peyton, Parker and Kane of Castana, Iowa, Samuel of Mapleton, Iowa, Theodore (Sarah) of Sioux City, Iowa, and Glen of Mapleton, Iowa; Robert (Maureen) Hanson of La Porte City and family Natalie of Fort Worth, Texas, Mitchell of Bloomfield, Wesley of Iowa City, Gabriel, Olivia and Jillian at home; Cynthia Hanson of Sioux City, Iowa and daughter Bradey at home; and Theresa Leslie of Bentonville, Ark. and family Hannah with son Benjamin of Bentonville, Carleton of Flagstaff, Ariz., Braeden and Carryn at home; brother Harvey (Nancy) Hanson of Castana; sister Lois Jensen of Sioux City, Iowa; brother-in-law Paul Petersen of Turin, Iowa; uncle Myron (Diane) Riddle of Kearney, Neb.; and aunt June Riddle of Onawa, Iowa; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Harold; nephew, Roger Petersen; sister-in-law, Patricia Petersen; niece, Ann Cox; brother-in-law, Heral Jensen; and other family members.

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Public Visitation
October 20, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Rush Family Chapel
1629 10th Street
Onawa, IA 51040

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