John “Johnny” Rodger Hanson, 78, of Hemet, passed away quietly Monday, June 19, 2006 in Hemet after a brief illness.

Mr. Hanson was born Aug. 30, 1927 in Chicago but lived the majority of his life in Southern California. He was a decorated veteran serving in the U.S. Army in 1946.

He owned Antiques & Collectibles (now Idyllwild Appliance) on Highway 243, leaving Idyllwild to live in Hemet in 2001.

His greatest loves were his pet poodles, Peaches and Mugsy, who preceded him in death.

His dear friend Pam Sharp, formerly of Idyllwild, will spread his ashes near the Pet Cemetery in Desert Hot Springs.

Mr. Hanson is survived by a cousin, Don Hanson of Park Ridge, Ill. His brother, George Hanson of Ft. Wayne, Ind., preceded him in death in 2004.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to any animal rescue organization in his name would be appreciated.