Lawrence (Larry) Hanson

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MIDDLETON–Lawrence (Larry) Hanson, age 85, passed away Dec. 10, 2019 at his home.

Larry was born on Feb. 24, 1934, to Adele and Ivan Hanson in Madison.

Larry married the love of his life, Alice (Ripp) on June 21, 1958. Together they raised five children. Larry felt truly blessed to have had such a wonderful family and so many friends.

Larry attended Edgewood High School. After graduating in 1952, he enlisted in the US Army. He later graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Larry and Alice lived for a short time in Milwaukee before moving to Middleton, where they became fixtures in the community. Larry served the City of Middleton as both Alderman and City Attorney. He then entered private practice and continued to do the work he loved for over 50 years. His dedication was recognized by the Dane County Bar Association with a Pro Bono Publico Lifetime Achievement Award, and by the State Bar of Wisconsin for outstanding service to the Wisconsin Lawyer Assistance Committee.

He loved to read and recite poetry, tell jokes, and sing. He was an avid sports enthusiast, and in particular, loved to root for the Cubs. Larry was very proud to have been 39 years sober and to have helped others achieve their sobriety. Larry always paid it forward, particularly to those who were less fortunate than himself. He truly believed that we are all called upon to help others.

Larry is survived by his wife of 61 years, Alice, his five children and nine grandchildren: Jerry (Cheryl) and their children, Valerie, Kyle, Monica, and Laura; Todd (Sue); Denise and her daughters, Celeste and Skye; Mark (Sara) and their children, Isaac, Adam, and Lydia; and Kirk; nine great-grandchildren; his sisters Ardythe Cobb and Gladys Manzo; and many more loved extended family members.

A Mass of Christian Burial and visitation were held this past weekend. In lieu of flowers, consider making a donation to the charity of your choice in Larry's name.

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