January 27, 1944 ~ October 16, 2020

Born in: Indianapolis, Indiana
Resided in: Indianapolis, Indiana

Remembering John A. Hanson…

John was born on January 27, 1944 to Lorene L. Lowry Hanson and Albert T. Hanson. John left this world on October 16, 2020 and was welcomed to his heavenly home by our Mom, Dad and our brother, Michael D. Hanson, with the greatest kisses and hugs ever imagined. John is with all of our loved ones that we miss every day and when it’s our turn to make that journey, they will all be there to welcome us home and we can all be together again.

John’s nickname growing up was “Happy” because he was always smiling. John grew up in Brightwood and played basketball for St. Francis de Sales Grade School and Cathedral High School.  From that point on, he became known as “Big John.”  He always bragged about his 56 Ford with ‘Only the Lonely’ written on the side panel and enjoyed cruising the Tee Pee Restaurant while listening to one of his favorite singers, Brenda Lee.  John enjoyed bowling with our Dad in the Schwitzer Bowling League at the Meadows Bowling Alley, Hindel Bowling Lanes and Expo Bowl.

John loved watching football and basketball.  His favorite college team was Notre Dame.  His favorite NBA team was the Pacers going all the way back to the A.B.A. days.

John was as an installer for Aero Draperies and Beitman Interiors for 20 years.  He was a courier for Federal Express for 22 years starting in 1984 and retiring in 2006.  During his retirement, John was a transport driver for Enterprise Rental Car part-time. Hence, John really retired in 2017 and welcomed not having to set his alarm and be ‘on the clock’.  He could now fully enjoy his retirement.

John is survived by his wife of 25 years, Donna Coffey Hanson.  He was a loving father to John A. Hanson (Melinda) and Veronica K. Hanson (C.J.) Goodspeed and to his stepchildren, Doris Pressly (Rick) O’Connor, Misty Pressly (Barry Combs) and Jessie Pressly, who proceeded him.

He was a proud grandfather to Mirandi, Forrest, Desiree, Carey, Hunter, Brittny, Brooke and Destiny, who proceeded him.  He was a great grandfather to Gabriella, Kaleb, Emma, Ella, Jolie and Abigail.

He was a loving brother to Cheryl J. Hanson (Louis) Banholzer, David W. Hanson (Elizabeth Tucker) and Darrell G. (Dianne) Hanson.

He was a loving uncle to Louis C. Banholzer, Carissa Banholzer Hodges and Nicholas B. Hanson.

Reflecting back…when our Dad passed away, one of his friends and fellow bowling buddies wrote, “There is one way I will be constantly aware of him and his presence…on a warm summer day in June…when a sudden summer shower comes up…and there is what seems to be the faint echo of distant thunder…I will know that is not thunder…it’s just Al practicing his spares somewhere off behind the clouds while he waits for his old bowling buddies to come join him in that game that last forever…good bowling Al!”

I know, now, we can add John to be another member of the team and whenever we hear thunder…we know that they are having a great time.  Good bowling John!

John was a lot of different things to many people. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and cousin to all of the family.  John could make anyone laugh whether it be a friend, co-worker or a complete stranger.

To us, he was our brother, our big brother.  Our hearts are heavy and there will always be an empty spot only John can fill.  We will all remember John in our own special way.

John, we all love and miss you!    And…Go Irish!



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  1. May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will be here to walk beside you in your journey of grief.

    Eddie Beagles and the staff of Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services

  2. John it has been raining and thundering a lot since you left us,tears from heaven and a lot of bowling going on, LOVE AND MISS YOU BIG BROTHER! GO IRISH! Darrell & Dianne

  3. He wasn’t a traditional Grandfather,He was more like one of the guys that you could talk about anything with. He was one hell of a character, always good for a laugh. He will be sorely missed. Love you Gramps.

  4. I always enjoyed listening to John and his coworker, Charlie in the mornings at fedex bickering at each other like an old married couple when I was a new courier. John was so funny and will be greatly missed.

  5. Dear .Dad in heavenly place and at rest . You never thought anyone would shed a tear drop for you . When you passed ! I had just talk to you 3 hours before you passed . I was in shock. We all shed alot of tears. Remember you and how you like to run the sprinkler for hours over the grass ! That was one of your enjoyment s! Remember you like to dance to dirty laundry ! (Eagles). And Badmoon rising (CCR) And your love Brenda Lee ! Remember your PT Curiser Thought you was a Mafia Boss ! LOL And of course the Beer ! I will drink one for you ! The kids love their grandpa ! You always gave them a good laugh ! And like taking Forrest to barber . When he was a toddler . You both would come back with flat tops ! Helped us when could . And we all remember your Reese cups and Nutty Bars . Tomatoes with extra salt ! Your already missed ! Still a shock and numbing. But no more pain and sorrow! Love always Little John ,Melinda ,Mira ,Forrest ,Desiree,Gabrielle,kaleb,Emma . Forget you use to text Desiree and mess with her! She called you meat case . Cause you loved going to Meat dept and getting fresh meats . Just so many memories!

  6. Grandpa,
    I will miss hearing your voice and laughing at your jokes! I could never be in a bad mood around you! I’m glad I had you over this past 4th of July, not knowing it would be your last. We all had good time eating yummy food and watching fireworks. You will always be in my heart and mind. When I’m down I will think of something you said or did and smile. Love you always!

  7. My heart is so broken without you I still talk to you like your still here sitting in your recliner and watching our tv shows, And our Saturdays watching Norte Dame football… NFL football games I just miss everything about us an are daily life togather you were a great husband even if we did not agree on everything we worked through it 🤗 Its going to be so lonely without my soulmate of 32 yrs Sending kisses to you in heaven forever my love 😪

  8. John, I’m so sorry that you couldn’t be here to help celebrate #4 Notre Dame ‘s huge win over #1 Clemson yesterday but I know you gave the Irish good luck! I’m sure that you are celebrating with Mom, Dad and Mikey and you guys had the best seats in the house! I MISS and LOVE YOU ALL !!!!!!!! Of course, GO IRISH !!!!!

  9. It is soooooo hard knowing your not coming back I know your in heaven with my mom and dad, and Destiney, and Jesse having a great times !!! I also will have in your celebration your favorite songs Start me up , and more I know you liked, I talk to you all the time, and I know you’d be celebrating Norte Dames win 🏈🎉🎉 your in my thoughts everyday my love 💕

  10. 😪 Are favorite shows are on tonight ” new seasons ” Chicago meds, Chicago Fire, our most favorite one Chicago P. D.you’d be getting ready to settle in before 8:00 getting your ( t.v. ) tray out and your plate ready to eat an in your favorite spot, your recliner, and we watch all them together !! Oh how I miss everything about us 💔 and not a moment in everyday life when I’m out something will always remind me of you …. or even a moment in the place we lived and shared together is so hard to walk in kitchen, living room, bedroom the bathroom theres always a flash back to us 😪💔

  11. It’s hard to believe your gone, one month today its not easy to have lost you, my life is so empty here without you, I’ll never be the same 😢 you’d be proud an happy for both your football teams.. COLTS AN Norte Dame football teams ” BIG W ” 🏈🏈🎉🎉 but this emptiness I feel is not easy without you here I know someday we will be reunited but until then be my light and guide me through

  12. I’m missing you on Thanksgiving day it isnt the same without you this holiday which we usually did ours on Sunday so we could spend Thanksgiving with family members 🦃 It just seems like a dream I havent accepted your not coming back Happy Thanksgiving in heaven 🦃💕 tell dad ,mom JP and Destiny I miss an love them 💕💕💕💕

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