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William “Bill” A. Hanson, 78

Aug 19, 2018

William "Bill" A. Hanson

Blue Earth – William “Bill” A. Hanson, age 78, of Blue Earth passed away on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018 at UHD in Blue Earth.

A Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Earth. Patton Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements. www.PattonFH.com

Bill graduated from Blue Earth High school in 1958 and joined the US Army Reserves. On July 10, 1958 he married Jeanette Curtiss in the Blue Earth Presbyterian Church. Bill grew up in Blue Earth, has some brief stays in Fort Leanordwood, Missouri, Bricelyn, and Elmore before returning for the rest of his days to Blue Earth to raise his family. He was a proud man and did whatever it took to care for his family. A “Bill of all trades.” These jobs ranged from lousy jobs like tarring roofs (typically on the hottest day of the year), fun jobs like setting up bowling pins (3 cents a pin), and adventurous jobs like running a pea viner. Jobs later in adulthood included the rendering plant, King Gas, Bricelyn Elevator, Minnegasco, and Gerring Industries. Dad finally found home with the Blue Earth Light and Water Plant for 28 years and retired in August of 2001. He thoroughly enjoyed every minute of his retirement.

As a teenager, Bill was second best roller skater in the area. In his adult years he liked to hunt, go camping, and do woodworking projects. After retirement he enjoyed working at the ‘little red barn,’ Green Giant Information Center and doing word finds. The last few years, dad has spent the afternoon hours on his golf cart that gave him extended life and independence for several years, watching TV, and playing solitaire on the computer. Those who stopped by know he didn’t have a lot to say but, he will be greatly missed napping in his chair with a house full of family and friends sitting around the kitchen table. You don’t have to be blood to be family. Many called him dad, grandpa, or uncle.

Bill is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jeanette; children, Dalene (Jim Haase) Hanson, Janet (Al) Maloney, Buck (Lori) Hanson, Patty Hanson and Al (Sonja) Hanson, all of Blue Earth; grandchildren, Jeremy, Dustin, Kimberly, Paul, John, Marcey, Brian, Danielle, Mick, Julia, and Grace; great-grandchildren, Matthew, Jacob, Hayley, Marianna, Logan, Addison, Brynlee, Jack, Hailey, Layron, Audrey, Cera, Desiree, Lily, Cameron, Bri, Ivan and “little miss sassy pants” and many others who call him grandpa; twin sister, Barb Tischer, of Blue Earth; brothers, Chuck Hanson, of Apache Junction, Arizona, and Dennis (Traci) Hanson, of Elmore; sister, Becky (Bob) Spencer, of Blue Earth; brothers-in-law, Elwood Sahr, of Bricelyn, and Mike Bussinger, of Blue Earth; special friend Roger Uecker, of Blue Earth; sisters-in-law, Eunyce (Dick) Renkly, of Arlington South Dakota; brother-in-law, George (Hazel) Curtiss of Eyota.

Preceded in death by his parents; son, James Hanson; sisters, Joanne (Rodger) Boettcher, Nancy Sahr, and Judy Bussinger; parents-in-law, Ray and Jennie Curtiss; sisters-in-law, Phyllis (Don) Baldwin and Winnie (Bud) Kessel; brothers-in-law, Keith (Phyllis) Curtiss and Dale (Arletta) Curtiss.