Memorial Services for Ervin L. Hanson were held on Feb. 10, 2012, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Blue Earth. The Rev. Wes Hafner officiated. Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.
Ervin was born Nov. 18, 1924, to Oscar and Lydia Ruth (Finnestad) Hanson on the family farm rural Blue Earth. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church. He received his education in country school and graduated from Frost High School in 1942. He served in the United States Army during World War II and was stationed in occupation forces in Korea. In November 1947, he married Delores Frerichs and farmed the family farm and sold seed corn in rural Blue Earth. To this union were born four children, Kathleen, Bruce,?Douglas and Debbie. His wife Delores died in February of 1977. In November of 1978, Ervin married Donna Ristau Huwe and they began life together in Blue Earth. Ervin was a faithful member of St. Paul Lutheran church, Blue Earth, where he had served as an Elder and sang in the choir. He also was a 60-year member of the American Legion, past member of the Kiwanis Club, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Ervin worked as an insurance representative for Lutheran Brotherhood until his retirement in 1992.
Ervin was blessed with much musical ability and especially a fine tenor voice. He performed solos for literally hundreds of weddings and funerals.?His specialty was gospel music and served his Lord and Savior singing in church choirs and other church functions, and a longtime member of the Norsmen Quartet. He was honored to have sung the National Anthem for the Republican Convention years ago in St. Paul.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Hanson, of Blue Earth; sons, Bruce (Sandy), of Blue Earth, and Douglas (Cheryl), of Minneapolis; daughters, Kathleen (Ronald) Thompson, of Frost, and Debbie Wertjes, of Kiester; and a sister, Vivian Midthun, of Frost. Also surviving are his stepchildren, Greg (Barbara) Huwe, of Minneapolis, and Christine (Robert) Mellem, of Seattle, Wash. He leaves eight grandchildren, Hilary, Connor and Carter Hanson, Michele Peukert, Shannon Lett, Jacob and Jeremy Hanson, and Dani Dee Wertjes.
Ervin was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; a sister; grandson, Jason Myers; and stepdaughter, Sheila Everts.
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