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“I was a friend of Dennis Hanson and hired him many times for professional photography for my girls high school senior photos and many horse shoots...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Susan Davis - Adel, IA - Friend

“I would like to extend my sympathy to the family. I was able to visit with Dennis at our 50th class reunion in 2012. We enjoyed many stories...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Wayne - Wilmington, NC

“Priscilla & family: My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time in the passing of Dennis. I remember seeing him off and in in Dayton. God...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Kathryn Murphy Vawter

“RIP to the goofiest, funniest, craziest uncle of all time. An amazing photographer, outstanding rodeo clown, and the only person I have ever known to...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Libby Kruse - san antonio, TX

“so many good memories of dennis growing up. lots of fun family get togethers. he took both our girls wedding pictures. he was just always a fun...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: janice hanson - mission, TX

“Dennis always had a great way of describing mishaps. Once I was picking him up at the hospital after he'd been trampled by a bull at the Dayton Rodeo...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Priscilla Hanson Kruse - MN

“Growing up, Dennis was "DeeDee" to the cousins. I remember his busy summers mowing yards in Dayton, grooming and riding his horse Belle Star, and...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Teri Brecht - St. Charles, MO

“All my sympathy to Dennis' family at this sad time. I have not seen Dennis for many years but remember him fondly from our teenage years when we...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Judy Eckberg - Oak Park, IL

Dennis Lee Hanson was born March 28, 1944, in Fort Dodge, Iowa to Harris and Lois Hanson of Dayton and entered into Glory on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, following a lengthy illness. Dennis is survived by his daughter Sara (Patrick) Grochowicz, three grandchildren, Ava, Keely, and Hunter Grochowicz of Tacoma, Washington and two sisters Cheryl (Tim) Strandberg of Dayton and Priscilla Kruse of Minnetrista, Minnesota and 6 nieces and nephews who have been blessed by his optimism, good humor, and generous spirit.

Dennis is a graduate of Dayton High School and received a Bachelor's of Science from Arizona State University in 1967. Following military service during the Viet Nam War, Dennis was owner operator of a local nursery specializing in bedding plants. For the last 20 years of his career, he served his community as a horticulturist at the Botanical Center in Des Moines as well as tending the City of Des Moines' Rose Gardens through the Parks Department. One of his favorite duties was teaching school children who visited on field trips about growing plants. Dennis' love of flowers and photography took him to London, China, Japan, South Africa, and United Arab Emirates where he received international recognition for his exquisite photography through projects with an outstanding team of professionals from the Botanical Center whom he respected and admired.

Dennis loved rodeos, horses, calf roping, good food, the newest gadgets, daydreaming remarkable schemes, and funny stories. He never met a person he didn't like and was well loved by all. Dennis served his family with his optimism, faith and loyalty. He was there for everyone, giving what he had and sharing what he knew with a smile and ready wit. He encouraged us every day, was loved in return and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Harris and Lois Hanson of Dayton.

A service honoring Dennis' life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 23, at the Dayton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Karen Young and Pastor Glen Hanson officiating. Burial will be at the Dayton Cemetery following the service. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Dayton United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.