William Ray Hanson (Bill), 93, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully January 11, 2015 with his family by his side. He was born in Great Falls, Mont. to Ada and Emil Hanson on March 15, 1921.
Bill met his high school sweetheart, Lois Carlson, in 1939 and they married in 1943. Bill and Lois felt the luckiest of all people to have had 71 happy years together. Their daughter, Kathryn, was born in 1948 and son Kenneth in 1951.
Following graduation from the University of Montana with a degree in Industrial Engineering, Bill spent two years in the service in World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart. In 1946 Lois and Bill moved to Seattle, where he began a career that always involved “numbers” in many applications, such as financial reports, budgets and the stock market.
After some time at Boeing, Bill moved to Virginia Mason Hospital in a business services capacity. This led to a year in Berkeley, Calif. to earn a Master’s degree in Public Health, with a major in Hospital Administration. The move back to Seattle involved a three-month internship in Salem.
Those three months became a lifetime. Bill began at the State Hospital as Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, then Salem General Hospital Administrator, leading to a position as a legislative fiscal analyst for the state of Oregon.
Bill belonged to several organizations, including Salem Convention and Visitors Association, Oregon Employees Federal Credit Union Board of Directors, Salem General Hospital Board of Directors, Fraternal Orders of Elks and Eagles, Disabled American Veterans and the American Heart Association Board of Directors. He was elected to membership in the American College of Hospital Administrators.
A private family remembrance service will be held at Mt. Crest Abbey Mausoleum. The family sends a special thank you to Gentiva Hospice for their care and caring. Assisting the family was Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.