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Barney's 92 and Still Rolling Along

Barney's 92 and Still Rolling Along

Happy Birthday Barney Hanson
Born Feb. 25, 1926
Born on the west side of Cedar Rapids to Herbert and Mary Elizabeth (Fitzgerald) Hanson, Albert Bernard "Barney" Hanson was the eighth of 10 children. He started working at age 12 threading cast iron pipes for Russo Plumbing. In 1939 Barney delivered groceries after school for Belknap Grocery and in 1941 moved on to Gatto's Grocery working five days a week and all day on Saturdays for $7.
Barney joined the Navy at age 17 and fought in the South Pacific aboard the battleship USS Mississippi (BB-41). His ship was involved in several major battles and he witnessed the signing of the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay from the deck of the Mississippi.
A lifelong athlete, Barney played professional baseball after the war before embarking on a career in fast pitch softball that culminated with the honor of being inducted into the Cedar Rapids Softball Hall of Fame in 1988.
Barney worked as a painter for several local contractors before serving 31 years as maintenance supervisor for the Higley and Granby buildings in downtown Cedar Rapids.
Barney married Patricia Ann "Pat" Steggall in 1955 and the couple had five children: Steve Hanson, Amy (Stewart), Jane (Lasko), Ann (Sheetz) and Beth (Melchior). He now has 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Cards may be sent to:
1226 1st Ave. NW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405
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