He was born on July 15, 1938 near Upton, Missouri, the son of Jessie and Addie (Campbell) Hanson. Around the age of 12 he was saved at First Baptist Church Cabool. He attended Cabool High School until the 11th grade at which time he decided to join the United States Air Force. He served his country until February 28, 1963. Robby then went to work at Ford Motor Co. in Hazelwood, Missouri, until he retired in 1995. He was always a Ford man and if you pulled into the driveway in something other than a Ford, you would definitely have some explaining to do.
On April 16, 1976 he was united in marriage to Rosie Lee Eaton. Robby and Rosie enjoyed their days together. Whether it was observing wildlife out their window, playing bingo or watching a NASCAR race on TV, they cherished their time together.
Robby’s favorite song was “Thank God I’m a Country Boy.” He loved to deer hunt and especially loved when his boys, grandsons and friends came out to hunt with him. Robby was a huge sports fan. If you visited Robby he was likely to be watching sports on TV or listening by radio, especially Cardinal baseball. He loved high school sports especially Bulldog football. Robby had a way of remembering scores, big plays and statistics that could amaze his family and friends. Another passion was his grandchildren and other young people in his life. They could always count on him to tease and joke around. If he kidded with you, you knew he loved you.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Johnnie Hanson of Wisconsin, Rosa Lee Barlow of Harvester, Missouri, and Norma Lee Simon and Lonnie Hanson, both of Houston, Missouri.
He is survived by his wife, Rosie Lee Hanson of the home; sons Austin Hanson of West Plains, Missouri, Russell and wife Margaret Hanson of St. Charles, Missouri, and Jesse and wife Shawanna Hanson of Seymour, Missouri; daughters Julie and husband Lloyd Edwards of Mississippi. Tammy and husband Rip Stringer of Texas and Tina and husband Kent Rust of Cabool; brothers Kenneth and wife Loretta Hanson of Wisconsin and Jimmy and wife Donna Hanson of Troy, Missouri; sister Dora Bea and husband Doug Stalder of Houston; sixteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews and many friends. He will be greatly missed by all.
Services were held Monday, February 9, 2015, at First Baptist Church, Cabool, with Bro. Bob Marti officiating. Pallbearers were Cory Rust, Taylor Stringer, Josh Hanson, Gabriel Hanson, Kail Hanson, and Curt Hanson. Interment with full military honors was in Hickory Ridge Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to Hickory Ridge Cemetery or Cabool Athletic Booster Club.