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Oscar Fritz Hanson

September 17, 1966 ~ September 11, 2022 (age 55) 55 Years Old


Oscar Fritz Hanson, born Sept. 17, 1966, died too soon on September 11, 2022 at age of 55. The Hanson family was part of the original Moravian Settlement in Ephraim, settling in Sturgeon Bay in 1842. Oscar was a 1984 graduate of Sturgeon Bay High School.

As a lifelong maker and fixer of all things boats and houses, he spent many years working with his brother Hans and his father Don on boats and houses, working in the Caribbean for many years.

Writing a conventional obituary for an unconventional guy is a bit of a challenge for his brother and me.  Those of you who knew him know what we’re talking about. Lol There are many stories that I know you all could share; we look forward to hearing ALL those stories and toasting O with a shot of Mount Gay! at his celebration of life at Beach Harbor in spring of 2023 (we are grateful to Jon and Patty Hanson for offering their hospitality; details to follow).

He is survived by his brother Hans Hanson, cousin Dawn Lindsley-Goodban and uncle Chuck Penny and aunt Sue and John Retzlaff.

Oscar was preceded in death by his mother Ginger Belke, paternal grandfather Donald J. Hanson, paternal grandmother Frances Hanson, adoptive mother Sharon Swan, aunt Marilyn Penny and his father Donald W. Hanson.

A special thank you to his companion of the last 7 years Jasmine Cannon and his lifelong friend Manuel (Manne) Blanco for being so supportive over the last few months.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  On line condolences may be offered at


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