Alan ‘Toby’ Hanson

July 29, 1948 - September 15, 2021

Alan “Toby” Hanson, 73, of La Crosse passed away on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at Gundersen Health System from pancreatic/liver cancer. He was born on July 29, 1948 in La Crosse to Aldor and Beverly (Dennis) Hanson.

Alan Hanson 2Alan graduated from La Crosse Central High School in 1966. He was employed at Trane Company for 34 years until his retirement and was a member of the Trane 25-year club. He enjoyed watching the Packers, Brewers and Badger games. Alan and his brother Mike were able to travel to the Daytona 500 for 27 years and other NASCAR races. He served his country in the United States Army from 1968-1971. He was stationed from 1968-1969 in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He was very proud of his military service and was able to enjoy his trip to Washington, D.C., on the Freedom Honor Flight he took in September of 2018.

Alan is survived by his sister, Diana Hanson of La Crosse, an aunt, Nona Dennis of Edgerton, WI, and very good friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Mike Hanson and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Please remember, if you meet a veteran or a serviceman thank them for their service, it meant a lot to my brother Alan.

Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Tuesday September 21, at Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services, 200 West Avenue S., La Crosse. Rev. Martin Yeager will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in Mormon Coulee Memorial Park, in the town of Shelby. Friends may call on the family Tuesday morning at the funeral home from 10 am until the time of services. Online guestbook may be signed at Please follow Covid protocols; if not vaccinated please wear a mask.

All memorials should be sent to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Holmen Area Foundation, P.O. Box 432, Holmen, WI 54636. Checks payable to Vietnam Veterans Memorial.