Merlin "Babe" S. Hanson, 90, of Beloit, WI, a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather died on Sunday, January 5, 2020 in Green Knolls at Beloit.
He was born on December 11, 1929 in Beloit, WI, the son of Winnie and Ruth (Erickson) Hanson. Merlin was a veteran serving with the U.S. Air Force. He married Barbara "Pat" Pinter on March 17, 1951 in Beloit, WI.
Merlin was employed by Frito Lay and Finley G.M.C. Truck Company as a Mechanic and Service Manager, retiring in 1993. He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Barbara "Pat"; daughters, Barbara Keeney, and Tamra Evans; grandchildren, Brenda Martingilio, Tanya (John) Gorlewski, Jami (Bryan) Alderton, Sarah (John) Ambon, and Christopher Martingilio; step grandsons, Joe (Jennifer) Ford Jr., and Jeremy (Jennifer) Ford; 13 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; sister, Gloria Miller; sister-in-law, Donna Hanson; son-in-law, Joe Ford; numerous other relatives.
He was predeceased by his parents; daughter, Sylvia Ford; brothers, Robert and David Hanson; sisters, Donna Gelumbis and Shirley Nickel; and granddaughter, Mellisa Martingilio; son-in-law, Larry Keeney; brother-in-law, Larry Miller.
Funeral Services for Merlin will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 in Messiah Lutheran Church, 1531 Townline Ave., Beloit, WI, with Reverend Daniel C. Eddy officiating.
Burial will be in Luther Valley Cemetery. Visitation of remembrance will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday in the Daley Murphy Wisch & Associates Funeral Home and Crematorium, 2355 Cranston Rd., Beloit, WI. There will also be a visitation from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Tuesday in the church.
Memorials may be given in Merlin's name to Messiah Lutheran Church.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.daleymurphywisch.com