Gunnar William Hanson of Morris, died Wednesday, April 10, at the Minnesota Veteran's Home in Fergus Falls, having lived to reach the age of 85 years.
A visitation will be held Saturday, April 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, with private memorial services to be held at a later date. Military rites will be provided by the Morris VFW, AmVets and American Legion. Interment will take place at the Scandia West Cemetery near Cyrus. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of arrangements.
Gunnar William Hanson, son of Anton and Helga (Steele) Hanson, was born March 4, 1917 at Cherokee, where he grew up and received his education. After his schooling, Gunnar worked on the family farm until entering the U.S. Navy in May of 1936, serving until his discharge in May of 1940. He returned to work on the family farm. Following the attack of Pearl Harbor, Gunnar re-enlisted with the Navy in December of 1941, serving in WWII until his discharge in December 1944. On May 26, 1942, he was united in marriage to Dorothea Sharpe in New York. Gunnar then returned to work on the family farm until 1956. At that time, they moved to the Morris, MN. area, where they continued farming until their retirement. In December 1995, the couple moved to the West Central Lutheran Homes in Morris. Gunnar was also a resident of the Villa of St. Francis in Morris for 3 1/2 years before moving to the Minnesota Veteran's Home in Fergus Falls in July of 2000. Dorothea passed away on October 28, 2000.
Gunnar's favorite hobbies were hunting and fishing, and he had been a member of the Morris VFW and American Legion, and the Donnelly Rod and Gun Club.
He is survived by one daughter: Barbara (Harlan) Wente of Morris; two sons: Ronald (Nancy) Hanson of Chatham, IL and Dana (Kimberly) Hanson of Henderson; eight grandchildren: Jodi (Ernie) Slaton, Chad Hanson and Garrett Hanson; two great-grandchildren; Jasmine Luthi and Nathaniel Slaton and one sister: Lillian (Carl) Johnson of Storm Lake.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; one brother and his wife: Glen (Jeanette) Hanson and one sister and her husband: Helen (Alva) Lease.