John V. Hanson

John V. Hanson

Our beloved father, husband, and grandfather, John V. Hanson died unexpectantly at age 76 following a wonderful weekend with family on Sunday morning January 10, 2021, in Chicago.  He was born on October 23, 1944, in Bethlehem, PA to the late Margaret Grace (nee Wagner) and Raymond Gilbert Hanson.  He grew up in McHenry, IL. He graduated from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana before enrolling in Law School at Washington University in St. Louis where he met his loving wife of 52 years, Ellen Anne Chamberlain.

He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Anne Hanson; two sons, John Michael (Heidi Huckabay) Hanson and Richard Andrew (Jasmin Fox) Hanson; six grandchildren, Tor, Arik, Björn, Violet, Gwendolyn, and Noah; two brothers, Thomas (Mary Gerwig) Hanson, William (Nancy Bartle) Hanson; two sisters, Sally (David) Ralph and Lou (Carol Wilmot) Hanson. 

John was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Raymond G. Hanson, Jr.

John practiced as an attorney in Morris and the surrounding communities for nearly five decades.  He served his community diligently by holding leadership positions on the Grundy County Housing Authority, the Grundy County Republican Central Committee, the Morris Hospital Auxiliary Board as well as countless other community organizations.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Masonic Lodge #417 of Marseilles AF & AM as well as other civic and fraternal organizations.

First and foremost, John was a family man. His love, guidance, generosity, wit, and wisdom will be remembered eternally by his loved ones. He brightened every room he entered. He taught his kids valuable life skills such as service to the community, cooking, shooting, and hunting. He was a skilled artist in drawing, carving powder horns, building rifles, and hand-forging knives.

He will be missed by his family and friends.

A Memorial Visitation for John will be held Monday, January 18, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 1201 W. Route 6 at Deerpath Drive in Morris. In accordance with the Illinois guidelines, a 10 person capacity rotation will be followed, face masks are required, and social distancing will be observed. 

Please click on the link to reserve a time slot during visitation hours,

As John's request, cremation rites will be accorded and his final earthly remains will be interred at Evergreen Cemetery in Morris.

In lieu of flowers memorials in his name can be made to the Marseilles Masonic Lodge, First United Methodist Church of Morris Memorial Fund, the National Rifle Association, or the charity of your choice.

The family has requested to live stream Mr. Hanson’s private services at 5:15 p.m. on Monday. To view his services, once again, please click on the link ( ) and follow the instructions to show your support for them at a time when you cannot be physically present, but your thoughts prayers and connection are.

For more information please call (815) 942-5040 or visit his Memorial Tribute at where you can share a favorite memory or leave a condolence.