James Lynn Hanson

October 26, 1925 - June 4, 2015

James L. Hanson, 89, of Batavia, passed away on June 4, 2015.  He was born on October 26, 1925 in Geneva, IL the son of Claude and Marguerite (Wagner) Hanson.

After graduating from Batavia High School as valedictorian of the 1943 class he received degrees from Lawrence College and the University of Illinois.  For many years he was an educator in the West Aurora schools teaching social studies to junior high school students.  Later he was elected Kane County Superintendent of Schools, a position he held for 12 years.

He was an alderman on the Batavia City Council for 16 years acting as chairman of its Planning and Zoning Committee. 

After retiring he volunteered for local service agencies which helped those in need.

In recognition of his service to the City of Batavia and its people he was named Citizen of the Year in 2013.  For his leadership in education he was included in the Batavia Public Schools Hall of Honor.

James is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy; two sons, John (Barbara) of Texas and Mark (Doreen) of New York; four grandchildren, Donovan, Cara (Nelson), Kathryn and Thomas; two great-grandchildren, Ryan and Linden.

Visitation will be held 9 A.M. until 11 A.M. Saturday, June 13, 2015 in Memorial Hall at Calvary Episcopal Church 222 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia, IL.

Funeral Services will immediately follow visitation at 11 A.M.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Calvary Episcopal Church or the charity of your choice.

Guest Book

  • Fran and Bob Hanson We have never had the pleasure of meeting Mark's father, however, reading the obituary and knowing Mark, James must have been a wonderful msn. Our sympathy is extended to the entire family. God bless you all.