Jeffrey Dean Hanson, 46, of Ashkum, passed away Thursday (Sept. 8, 2022), after a courageous seven-month cancer battle.

He was born in Kankakee, on March 31, 1976, to Ashkum residents, Philip and Nancy (Voigt) Hanson. His parents preceded him in death.Surviving are his wife of 24 years, Lisa (Meister) Hanson and their beautiful daughters, Sydney and Brenna. Also surviving are sisters, Jennifer (Matt) Lindgren and Jill (Matt) Boyce. Numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles will miss his laughter and the fun. The nieces and nephews found Uncle Jeff hilarious; always the life of the party. His antics will be told and retold for generations.

On March 28, 1998, he married the love of his life and best friend. When Jeff married Lisa, Duane and Karen Meister embraced him as a true son, warmly welcoming him into the Meister clan. He gained four brothers, Todd (Casey), Ryan (Melinda), Troy (Amanda) and Jeff (Kenzie); and three sisters, Jill (Warren) Kaeb, Jodi (Andrew) Halleran and Jana Meister. He fit perfectly.

The newlyweds briefly lived in Kempton, but Ashkum was home. He loved the people and the community. They chose to raise Sydney and Brenna, with family who were friends; and with friends and neighbors who were family. He wanted the best for his girls.

A 1994 graduate of Central High School, Jeff never stopped supporting the Comets. He proudly attended his girls' school activities. He was their biggest fan.

He was the Ashkum Village Maintenance Supervisor. He faithfully and happily took care of his town. As an active member in the volunteer Ashkum Township Fire Department, Captain Hanson wore Helmet 1105, remaining active until his last days with his firehouse family.

Visitation was from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 12, at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. An additional time for visitation was from 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, until the 10 a.m. memorial service at the Ashkum School Gym (Trinity Church), 203 North Third St., Ashkum. Burial took place in Ashkum Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation or the Ashkum Township Fire Department.

Please sign his online guestbook at knappfuneralhomes.com.