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ENUMCLAW, Wash. — Robert "Rob" Hanson was called home on July 8, 2005. He had been fighting Lyme Disease for about one year.

Robert was born in Deer Lodge, Mont., to Bob and Ruby Hanson. He graduated high school from Laurel, Mont., in 1974, and entered the United States Air Force in 1975. He set his sights on being an air traffic controller, and after leaving the military, he was hired by the FAA in 1980. He was promoted to Air Traffic Control Supervisor in 1990. Robert loved his work. He met the love of his life, Jan Anderson, and they married in 1966, and resided in Enumclaw.

Robert loved his family, hunting and fishing. He also loved having his friends over for Dodge RAM parties, where he would help them improve their Cummings diesel pickups.

Robert is survived by his wife, Jan; daughters Bridget, Becky and Chrissy; son Robert Jr.; grandchildren, Emma and Robert Tyler, Kaycee; and his mother and father, Bob and Ruby Hanson of Laurel; sisters Vicki Brester of Laurel, Cindy Davis of Sheridan, Wyo.; and brother Ric Hanson of Columbus. Robert also has many living nieces and nephews.

Robert will be missed by all who knew him by his hard work, practical jokes and love for family and friends.

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