In memory of

Darlene Hanson

November 29, 1922 - July 3, 2018
From: Lake View, IA
Darlene Hanson

Darlene Hanson

Born: November 29, 1922
Died: July 3, 2018
Age: 95
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   Darlene Wicker Hanson, age 95, of Lake View, IA, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at Loring Hospital in Sac City, IA.  Darlene was born on November 29, 1922, in Lake View, IA, to parents Dick and Martha (Poen) Huisenga.  She grew up in Lake View where she attended school. Darlene graduated from Lake View Public School in 1940  where she was known for her great speed in running races - a trait she enjoyed in her three boys. She continued her education in Omaha, NE, where she received a Secretarial Degree.


 Darlene was united in marriage to Vernon Wicker on February 12, 1943, in Omaha, NE, and they resided in Lake View, IA.  Their union was blessed with three ‘favorite’ sons: Craig, Gary, and Brent. After Vernon’s passing in 1978, Darlene married Vernal Hanson a long time neighbor and friend on December 3, 1982. Together they welcomed their blended family which included Vernal’s children - Steve, Margaret, Mark, Bryan, Earl, and Nina. 


   Darlene worked with her husband, Vernon, and son, Gary, as a secretary in their real estate and insurance agency,  Wicker Real Estate and Insurance.  She was a long-time member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ and helped at various church activities, American Legion and community events.   In her free time Darlene enjoyed gardening, fishing, golfing, dancing and playing pool. You could also find her at every school event in which her three boys participated.  She loved playing cards with friends, watching sports and celebrating the many family member birthdays.  Darlene liked to travel and enjoyed her many trips to Canada fishing with her sons. In later years she and her second husband Vernal would become "Snowbirds” and  spend the winter months at their home in Mesa, AZ. 


Darlene "Gramma” Wicker Hanson was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother.  She was most happy spending time with her family and watching her grandchildren grow up.  She will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her.  Those left to cherish Darlene’s wonderful memories are sons: Craig (Patricia) Wicker of Dallas, TX, Brent (Barbie) Wicker of Dallas, TX, and Gary (Penny) Wicker of Lake View, IA; step-children:  Mark (Thaya) Hanson of Des Moines, IA, Bryan (Dawn) Hanson of CA, Earl (Janet) Hanson of MN and Nina (Joel) De Kock of WI; grandchildren: Troy (Amber) Wicker of Gilbert, AZ, Brock Wicker of Dallas, TX, Cary (Mirra) Wicker of Denver, CO, Chase (Ashley) Wicker of Solon, IA, Colton Wicker of Lake View, IA, Casey (Ashleigh) Wicker of Sugar Land, TX, Jessica Wicker of Dallas, TX, Cody Wicker of Dallas, TX, Kristen Wicker of Dallas, TX; great grandchild Blair Marie Wicker of Solon, IA; 14 step-grandchildren; 18 step-great grandchildren; sister-in-law Ivadell Huisenga of Lake View, IA; great friend and caretaker, Peggy Domino and many extended family members and friends.  Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; first husband Vernon Wicker; second husband Vernal Hanson; brothers Marvin (Maxine, deceased) Huisenga and Delmer Huisenga; step-children: Steve Hanson and Margaret Hanson Fairchild. 


10:30 a.m., Friday
July 13, 2018
First Congregational United Church of Christ
Lake View, Iowa
Pastor Laurel Westerkamp
9:00-10:30 a.m., Friday
July 13, 2018
First Congregational United Church of Christ
Lake View, Iowa
Ferguson Cemetery
Lake View, Iowa


Monday, July 16, 2018 at 4:27 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Darlene was quite a lady and will be missed by many. There will always be many memories and good times to remember as a family.”
- Ken & Sue Barney
Friday, July 13, 2018 at 11:49 AM
“Gary and Penny, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I remember her appreciated friendliness from when I first moved to Lake View from Colorado and knew no one, nor anything about rural life. I pray your memories help sustain you through this difficult time. She was a special lady.”
- Sue Von Ahn
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 9:30 AM
“So sorry to hear about your Mom, Craig. Thinking of you.”
- Jeri Schwanz Bottenfield
Monday, July 9, 2018 at 3:43 PM
“I’m so sorry to hear of Darlene’s passing. She, and the entire family, have been such good friends of of our family for many years. Cherish your many wonderful memories. Condolences, Ken and Chris Pasley”
- Christine Nichols Pasley
Monday, July 9, 2018 at 10:05 AM
“What a wonderful lady! Our sympathy to all her family.”
- Jim and Lois Long
Monday, July 9, 2018 at 10:05 AM
“Our sincere sympathy in the loss of one so dear as it is never easy to say goodbye to those we love. May our good and gracious Lord provide the peace that only He can provide during this time. Psalm 121 is a wonderful scripture. ”
- Sharyn & Gary Klatt
Friday, July 6, 2018 at 10:12 AM
“Our deepest sympathy to the Wicker and Hanson families. Darlene was ‘one of a kind’ and will be missed by many and remembered as the Wicker Matriarch! Our thoughts and prayers are with both families.”
- Fern & Vern Langbein
Friday, July 6, 2018 at 10:12 AM
“Sympathies to all of Darlene's family”
- Mark and Tami Auen
Friday, July 6, 2018 at 10:12 AM
“Gary, So sorry to hear about your mothers passing.”
- Sindy Snyder
Friday, July 6, 2018 at 10:12 AM
“My beautiful Grandma Hanson. Though you didn't raise my dad, Earl, you did help to shape him into the wonderful man he is today. I will miss your smile, laugh, cinnamon rolls, and distinct smelling perfume. I love you.”
- Diana Johnson
Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 4:07 PM
“My deepest sympathies Earl and Janet and to the whole Hanson family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Sherrie Segebart
Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 4:07 PM
“Sorry to hear of Ms. Hanson's passing...she was a sweet and strong lady, wish i could have known her better.”
- Lori Basham
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