Carlyle Hanson, 90
Mankato — Carlyle Hanson, age 90, of Mankato, formerly of Frost and Blue Earth, died Sept. 8, 2010, at Oak Terrace Assisted Living, N. Mankato.
Funeral Services were held Sept. 11, 2010, at 11:30 a.m., at Bethany Lutheran Church, rural Frost. The Rev. Patricia Hinkie and the Rev. Karl Rydholm officiated. Burial was in Bethany Lutheran Cemetery, rural Frost.
Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service, of Blue Earth, assisted the family with the arrangements.
Carlyle was born Feb. 11, 1920, at Rome Township, the son of Peter and Annamarie (Johnson) Hanson. He was raised in rural Frost and graduated from Blue Earth High School in 1938. He attended Minneapolis Business College and earned an Associates Degree in Business. He returned to Frost and began helping his father farm the family farm. He was married to Esther E. Nimz on Aug. 1, 1943, in Rome Township. Carlyle farmed for many years and worked farms in three southern Minnesota counties for several years. He was an innovator in farming, adapting many pieces of machinery to fit the needs of large farm operations. His innovations were once featured in the Minneapolis Tribune and in Newsweek magazine. Carlyle was a lifetime member of Bethany Lutheran Church, where he was baptized and confirmed. He was a kind, gentle, soft spoken man who enjoyed spending time with family and wintering in Arizona in the later years. His Arizona friends called him “Minnesota Fats” as he was a good snooker player.
Carlyle is survived by his wife, Esther Hanson, of N. Mankato; children, Carolyn Hill, of N. Mankato, Mary (Ron) Hogstad, of Frost, Richard (Carol) Hanson, of West Concord, Robert (Vickie) Hanson, of Frost, and Marsha (Scott) Madigan, of N. Mankato; sister, Julienne Tesarek, of Coffee Creek, Mont.; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Geneva Shirk; and brothers-in-law, Merle Shirk and Charles Tesarek.
Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com