Gary Rea Hanson
July 15, 1942 – September 5, 2020
Gary Rea Hanson passed away on September 5th, 2020 at the age of 78 at St Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City.
Beloved husband to Cheryl and father to Jason and Jill, Gary was born to Dixie Don Hanson and Marjory (Rhoads) Hanson in Falls City, Nebraska on July 15, 1942. They moved to Kansas City when Gary was a child where his father Don worked for the Vendo Corporation. Gary went to Paseo High School where he was in ROTC. After graduation, he went first to Junior College in Kansas City and then off to the University of Missouri where he received a degree in business.
Gary met the love of his life, Cheryl Gooch, after her high school graduation in the summer of 1962. They became engaged in 1965 and they married on June 5th of 1966. Their oldest son Jason was born in 1970 and their daughter Jill was born in 1971.
Gary went to Army basic training in 1967 and he was in that branch for 9 years during which he went to Korea for training for 3 weeks. Next, he transferred to the Navy Reserves and then later transferred to the Army National Guard. His highest rank was “Chief Aviation Storekeeper” when he was in the Navy. He retired from the armed services in March of 1996.
Gary’s first employer was Bendix and then he went to Vendo Corporation and then he went on to work at Puritan Bennett and then later back to Bendix which later became Honeywell. He was an Industrial Engineer and he belonged to the American Institute of Industrial Engineers. He also did volunteer work with Kiwanis and Youth Friends.
Gary and Cheryl joined the Mid America Mustangers in the 1980’s to show their beloved 1967 Fastback Mustang and then later joined the Kansas City Corvette Association with their Corvette. Gary loved detailing his cars and the camaraderie of car shows and the many road trips that they went on with their car friends. One time, they drove their Corvette 4000 miles and back to Idaho for a car show where my dad was proud to report that he got 29 miles per gallon!
Gary and Cheryl loved to socialize with their friends. They joined the Covenant Class at Blue Ridge United Methodist Church in 1973 and have enjoyed the friends that they made there ever since. They were in a Chief’s club and loved hosting Chiefs parties. Gary was a dedicated fan to his alma mater Mizzou and would often be wearing their emblem on his clothes and cars.
Gary and Cheryl loved to travel and were world travelers and did so by car, by planes, by ships and even by train. They traveled to Egypt, India, Panama Canal, Costa Rica, China, French Polynesia, Japan, Korea, Cambodia and many other far away destinations as well as much of the United States.
Gary was preceded in death by both of his parents.
Survivors include wife Cheryl of Lee’s Summit, son Jason of Raytown, daughter Jill and husband Brad with their two sons Cooper and Chase of Leawood, mother-in-law Lois Gooch and her sister Joyce Smith of Lee’s Summit, sister-in-law Carolyn Smith and her daughter Lori Johnson and her fiancé Bill and her two sons Thomas and Daniel of Shawnee, and brother-in-law David Gooch and his wife Lori and their daughter Allison, her husband Shawn and their son Wesley of Georgia.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: The Blue Ridge Boulevard United Methodist Church 5055 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64133; Woods Chapel Methodist Church 4725 NE Lakewood Way, Lee's Summit, MO 64064; Lee’s Summit Firefighter Charities IAFF Local 2195, PO BOX 1944, Lee's Summit MO 64063 (www.IAFF2195.org)
The family will have a private, family-only ceremony at McGilley State Line Chapel, 12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64145 on Saturday September 26th. A public drive-through outdoor visitation will follow at 4pm where you will be able to drive up to the family to extend your condolences in a car line and then park and chat with others if you please. This could turn into a rare combination Mustang and Corvette car show! We would love to see you all there.
Due to Jackson County guidelines, invitees for the private service will be required to wear face masks and practice social distancing, but masks will not be required for the outdoor visitation.
Blue Ridge Boulevard United Methodist Church
5055 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64133
Woods Chapel Methodist Church
4725 NE Lakewood Way, Lee's Summit, MO 64064
- IAFF Local 2195
Gary Rea Hanson
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September 26, 2020
We watched as the Lee's Summit Fire Fighters were such a great and kind help to Gary as he fought to get well. He had a great spirit. We will miss his enthusiasm and happy wave.
A donation has been made in his memory to the IAFF Local 2195.
September 25, 2020
our family, fred, larry and i (richard meiners) grew up with gary on euclid street. enjoyed many days and nights playing football, softball and monoply with the neighborhood kids. i miss those days!
September 24, 2020
Bill and I met Gary and Cheryl in the Covenant Class at BRBUMC about 1970. We were also married on 6-5 (a year earlier!). When it became apparent there were a LOT of June anniversaries amongst couples in the class, we started celebrating together every year. I organized year one and Gary took over from that point on. He always did a bangup job!! Lots of fun memories!
Cheryl, I accidentally happened onto the notice of Gary's passing so wasn't aware of his long health journey while it was unfolding. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. What touches us is the joy they brought. What comforts us are the memories we share. What lasts . . . is love. You have an abundance of joy, memories and love! Hugs, Joan
Dwight & Charlotte Robinson
September 14, 2020
We have known Gary and Cheryl for the many years of attending Blue Ridge Blvd. United Methodist Church. At some point Gary became the permanent President of the Covenant Sunday School Class. He kept track of birthdays and anniversaries. He made arrangements and reservations for our annual Christmas party. He took everyone's pictures at those parties. He always came to class with a smile on his face, an interesting story to tell, and a different shirt each week. He will be missed by us all and we send sympathy and love to Cheryl, Jason, and Jill and her family.
Fred & Linda Sauer
September 14, 2020
Gary and Cheryl were some of the first to make me feel welcome when I joined Mid America Mustangers in 1995. We have since shared many experiences with Mustang shows, cruises, parties and meetings. Gary was always our leader and the voice of reason. He was my proofreader for the club newsletter and the literal "face" of our club to the community. He will be deeply missed as both the President of Mid America Mustangers and as a dear friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Cheryl, Jill and Jason and all of Gary's family.
Fred & Linda Sauer
September 11, 2020
I have known the Hanson family (Gary, Cheryl, Jason, and Jill) for many years. We spent many hours watching our children play outdoor soccer in Raytown, MO. We also attended Blue Ridge Blvd. United Methodist Church. Gary and Cheryl were quite active in the church. My heart goes out to the Hanson family in the loss of Gary who was a wonderful man who contributed so much to make this world a better place. He will be missed by many people who were fortunate enough to know him.
I extend my heartfelt sympathy to Cheryl, Jason, and Jill. May your memories and the support and love of friends and family help you through this difficult time.
September 9, 2020
It is with a great deal of sadness we was informed of the passing of a past neighbor Gary Hanson. Karen and I want to express our deepest condolences to the family. May God grant you Peace and Understanding in the passing of your husband and father!