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Archive for Wednesday, January 20, 1993

RICHARD HANSON

January 20, 1993

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POULTNEY, Vt. Services for longtime China missionary Richard Ewing Hanson, 87, Poultney, Vt., were conducted Sunday at the Poultney United Methodist Church with the Rev. James Townley officiating. Burial will be at a later date.

The Rev. Hanson, a 1926 graduate of Kansas University, died Jan. 8, 1993, after a long illness.

He was born Oct. 31, 1905, in Taianfu, Shandong, China, the eldest son of Perry Oliver Hanson and Ruth Stevenson Ewing. He attended school in Beijing and graduated from Iola High School in 1922.

Hanson married Margery Frances Day of Lawrence in June 1928 and obtained his divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 1930.

After serving as minister of a Scarsdale, N.Y., church, he became English secretary to Methodist Bishop Kaung of Beijing and a teacher at Hui Wen Academy in 1941.

Hanson, interned at Weihsien Camp by the Japanese in 1942, subsequently returned to the United States and served as minister of churches in Georgia, New York and Vermont.

He was a member of the North China and New York conferences of the United Methodist Church, Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity and the Vermont Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

He is survived by his wife, Margery; two sons, the Rev. Peter Hanson, Fairfield, Conn., and the Rev. Richard Hanson Jr., Woodmere, N.Y.; two daughters, Nancy Stevenson, Kent, Ohio, and Elizabeth Mellen, New York, N.Y.; two sisters, Ada Ruth Woshinsky, Forest Hill, Conn., and Elizabeth Hayes, Porirua, New Zealand; two brothers, Perry, Ripton, Vt., and Hobart, Berkeley, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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