In Memory of Peter Hanson

A private family gathering will be held

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Peter A. Hanson, 65, of River Falls, WI, died on Sunday, June 28, 2020, from complications of Parkinson’s disease, at Comforts of Home – The Gardens, with family and caregivers at his side.

Peter was born April 10, 1955 and raised on the family’s Century farm in River Falls.  Peter attended the J. H. Ames elementary and middle school on the campus of the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, and graduated from the River Falls High School.  He furthered his agriculture education, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison farming short course, then returned to the farm to join his parents in farming the Hanson Oakdale Farm.   Peter was a successful lifelong farmer, committed to the care of the dairy herd and the nurture of the land.  He was a firm believer in the unquestionable value of the farmer’s role in today’s complex world, knowing that if one takes care of the farmland, the farmland will take care of many.  Peter was the fourth-generation farmer to own the Hanson farm and was pleased to mentor his nephew as he became the fifth-generation farmer on this beautiful 119-year-old farm. Peter was an accomplished farm mechanic and welder and was passionate about his Ford tractors and his antique Allis-Chalmers tractor.  He loved family, and his border collies.

Peter persevered with the relentless challenge of Parkinson’s disease for the past 27 years.  He was an inspiration in how to deal with a hardship.

Those Peter leaves behind to cherish his memory include his brothers Charley, Paul (LeAnn), sister Siri (Greg Smith), nephews Travis (Jenni) Teigen, Brian Teigen, Cole (Alison) Hanson, niece Shelby (Mike Hagene) Hanson, great nephews Oslo, Odin, Sigurd, Wyatt.

Peter is preceded in death by his sister Kristi Teigen, and his parents C. Edward and Betty Hanson.

The family extends heartfelt thanks to the Caregivers and staff at Comforts of Home – The Gardens, River Falls, for their compassion and sensitive care of Peter.

A private family memorial gathering will be held.

It is Peter’s wish that memorials be directed to:

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777.  Or online at:


The River Falls FFA (Future Farmers of America), 818 Cemetery Rd., River Falls, WI 54022

Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of River Falls. 715-425-5644

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  • May the memories get you through this tough time❣️ Our parents were wonderful friends and loved to visit with Pete. May the Hanson farm have many more years of success

  • So sad to learn of Pete’s passing. And at such a difficult social time. Kevin always enjoyed visits with him talking farming, tractors and machinery. I still have the signed copy of the “Fastline” that featured his 1973 County 1164 tractor on the cover. Mourning the loss of a life well lived yet celebrating we had the privilege of knowing him. Peace and health to all the family.

  • Pete was a wonderful guy and I am so sad to hear of his passing, Parkinson’s is awful-I lost my dad to it. God bless to all of the family,

    Steve Schulte

  • Dear Hanson Family. What a sad loss. Parkinson’s is so nasty. But he apparently put up a courageous fight. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Siri and Paul, very sorry to hear of the loss of your Brother Pete’s passing. I know too young, but remember that he has been relieved of his pain. My condolences to you both and to your family.

  • Dear Hanson Family. We are so very sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. He was one of the first individuals we met after moving to River Falls. Peter was a very caring individual, exhibited by his care of his dogs. Our prayers are with your family.

  • Charley, Siri, Paul. I cannot put into words how sad I am to hear about Pete’s passing! Your family has always had a special place in my heart! Just know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers!! My unending love to you all!!🙏❤️

  • So sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved brother, Peter. He managed to have lived the best life possible, caring for the land and animals on your family’s beautiful farm. Sending healing thoughts and prayers your way.