Charles "Chuck" R. Hanson, 60, of Rock Island, passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017 at his residence.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island. Visitation will be held from 5 pm to 8 pm on Friday, March 31, 2017 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the River Music Experience (RME), Davenport, for the Chuck Hanson Fund.
Chuck was born on December 7, 1956 in Moline, the son of Charles A. and Elizabeth Jean (Gordon) Hanson. He was employed in Buffalo, IA as a grain operator. Chuck loved his family and enjoyed his work, which for over thirty years was at the grain-barge loading terminal Cenex Harvest States (CHS) near Buffalo, IA. Another activity was his bike riding on the bike path along the river. The Green Bay Packers were his favorite team for many years. His house was filled with Packer souvenirs. And then there was music. He was deeply into contemporary music his entire life. He grew up with the popular bands of his era, like the Grateful Dead and the WHO. He played their music. He went to their concerts. He became a very accomplished musician, writing his own tunes, playing the bass and guitar and even doing some vocals.
He and his drummer brother, Terry Hanson, were in several bands together, starting early on with Moonshine in the 70s. In later years they united with John Harris and Dave Nicholson to form Country Blue. This band was so popular it played twice each weekend for five years at the Fleetwood Tap in Coal Valley and was honored to be the Grand Marshall one year at the Valley Daze parade.
Chuck also played in a number of other bands such as Gypsy Blue, Smokehouse and the Hoot Gibson band in venues throughout the Quad cities and nearby communities. Blue Grass music was one of his favorites. He and Dave Maxwell played it a lot, including at the Davenport Farmers' Market.
Chuck is survived by his parents, Charles A. and Jean Hanson, Rock Island; daughters, Catrina (Patrick) McGurk, Great Bend, KS, Jessica (Brennan) Seitz, Columbus, KS, and Melissa Knoeferl, Rock Island; grandchildren, Addison and Elsie Seitz, and Daylynn McGurk; siblings, Stephen (Joyce) Hanson, Louisville, KY, Pamela Hanson, Santa Cruz, CA, and Terry (Shelley) Hanson, East Moline; special friend, Dorine Knoeferl; and numerous nieces and nephews.