May 29, 2024

Rick Hanson


Rick Hanson, 63, of Creston, died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, at his home in Creston surrounded by his family.

Rick Hanson, 63, of Creston, died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, at his home in Creston surrounded by his family. A Celebration of Life Service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, at Crest Baptist Church, 1211 N. Poplar Street in Creston. Pastors Chuck Spindler and Neal McRae will officiate. The service will be livestreamed at a link found under events at Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, south of Creston. Visitation, with family receiving friends, will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, at the Powers Funeral Home, 601 New York Avenue in Creston.

Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be made at

Ricky Lee Hanson was born July 12, 1960, the son of Donald D. “Bill” Hanson and Carralou (Greene) Hanson in Creston. He graduated from Creston High School in 1979. He worked at the Pester Derby gas station while in high school.

On Aug. 4, 1979, Rick married Kelly O’Neill in Creston. They lived and worked in Creston, and together had two children, Jennifer and Tyler. Rick initially worked at Easter’s grocery and hardware store. Rick began employment with Gits Mfg. in 1979, working primarily as a punch press operator and forklift operator. Rick and Kelly later divorced.

On Sept. 3, 2000, Rick married Tara Queener in Creston. Rick continued with Gits Manufacturing working as a receiving clerk. Together, they had a daughter, Emma. Rick retired from Gits Mfg. in 2014. Rick and Tara went on to purchase the Adams Street Espresso business in Creston in October 2014. They operated it together until selling the business in March 2021.

Rick was a member of Crest Baptist Church in Creston. He was formerly a member of the Creston Elks Lodge, Pine Valley Golf Course and Lake Shore Golf and Country Club in Afton. Rick was very active years ago with the local men’s slow pitch softball league. Rick was a longtime Creston Panther fan, and for years he followed and supported the NFL Rams football team and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Spending time with his family was the love and focus of his life.

Rick is survived by his wife, Tara Hanson of Creston; his children, Jennifer Ryan (Randy) Palmer of Johnston, Tyler Dean (Tori) Hanson of Creston and Emma Carralou (significant other Colton Siefkas) Hanson of Creston; four grandchildren: Noah Edwards, Jaycee Hanson, Riggins Hanson and Memphis Palmer; a brother, Kim Hanson of Creston; cousins, nieces and nephews.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Vicki, in infancy; his brother, Monty and nephew, Brandon Hanson.