George “Pat” Hanson, 72, of Dawsonville, died April 10, 2018.
Pat was born March 8, 1946 in Portsmouth, Va. He was the oldest son of the late George and Dot Hanson. He grew up in Chamblee, Ga. and joined the Air Force in 1964. In 1966, he was stationed in Waco, Texas where he met Donna, his wife of 51 years. In 1967, he was deployed to the Philippines and sent to Vietnam, where he completed six different temporary duty assignments. In 1968, he was honorably discharged from the Air Force allowing him to move back to Chamblee and attend DeKalb Jr College.
He retired from Southern Bell Company after 17 years as a yellow page salesman and later went to work for General Motors Parts Division for 14 years. When General Motors moved all their operations out of state he went back to school and earned a degree in construction management. After working years for several large construction companies responsible for managing new subdivisions he then started Hanson General Contractors. He was self-employed for over 18 years remodeling and building custom homes, including log homes. He loved reading, playing golf and spending time with his family and friends.
After living in Roswell, Ga. for over 30 years, he moved to Dawsonville. He was a member of Christ The Redeemer Catholic Church and member of the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife, Donna; sons, Steven and Michael Hanson; grandchildren, Quinn and Maddie Hanson; brothers and sisters-in-law, Greg and Marty Hanson of Newnan, Chris and Diana Hanson of Gainesville, Ga.; brothers-in- law and their wives, Larry and Sandy Schroeder of Granbury, Texas, Jerry and Helen Schroeder of Kaufman, Texas, Bill and Diane Schroeder of Largo Vista, Texas, Terry Schroeder of Sun City, Texas; sister-in-law Valeri Gregg of Dawsonville; sister-in-law and her husband, Keith and Carol Copeland of Georgetown, Texas; various nieces and nephews; various other relatives also survive.
Funeral Mass was held at Christ The Redeemer Catholic Church Friday, April 13. He was cremated and will be buried at The National Cemetery in Canton.
McDonald and Son funeral home of Cumming was in charge of the arrangements.