Harland Hanson, 97, of Evansville, died on Friday, December 31, 2021, at the Evansville Care Campus.
Harland Herbert Hanson was born October 24, 1924 at home in Elk Lake Township, Grant County, near Hoffman, MN to Oliver and Ethel (Ellingson) Hanson. He was baptized and confirmed at Lincoln Lutheran Church in rural Hoffman by Rev. Ivar Sandburg. Country school (District #1) was attended through the 8th grade. He was graduated from Hoffman High School in 1942.
He helped his parents on the farm until the fall of 1948 when he went to Minneapolis and spent nearly five years there. At the age of 24 he became personally acquainted with Jesus as his Savior, and as a result of that passion in his life decided to go to Bible School, being graduated from Lutheran Bible Institute in 1952. He also attended the University of Minnesota during this period taking courses in animal science and genetics.
On September 23, 1949 he married Ruth Paukner (daughter of Michael and Caroline (Hogquist) Paukner) in Duluth, MN.
In 1953, they moved back to the farm in Hoffman and in 1955 moved to a farm near Evansville where they raised their seven children. They attended Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Evansville until that burned in early 1972. After that they attended Calvary Covenant Church in Evansville.
Ruth passed away on September 1, 1979.
On August 21, 1982, Harland married Darlene Cording of St. Paul, NE and they moved to a farm near his home farm at Hoffman, MN.
While living in the Evansville area he was active in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and later in Calvary Covenant Church. He served as an Evansville School Board member for twelve years, Director on Gardonville Cooperative Telephone Company Board from 1977 to 1983, and Director and Secretary on the Holmes City Insurance Company Board from 1968 to 1999. He was active for a number of years in the Gideon Society, Sons of Norway member, a recipient of Friends of 4-H Award from the Douglas County 4-H, and many other various community organizations.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene and his seven children: Stephen of Fairfield, CA, Joel (Natalie Brown) of Bloomington, MN, Marcia (Don Lidtke) of Saratoga Springs, UT, Michael (Valerie Torgrimson) of Evansville, John (Carrie Brown) of Evansville, Samuel (Karen Iszler) of Bismarck, ND, and Rebecca of Minneapolis, MN. Also surviving are seventeen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren, several nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth; parents, Oliver and Ethel Hanson; in-laws, Michael and Caroline Paukner and Louie and Elizabeth Cording; Brother, Orlano in 2005 and Sister, Olive in 2021. Also preceded in death by granddaughter-in-law, Maryn Shuck Hanson in 2013.
Visitation: Friday, January 14, 2021, from 5-7 P.M., with a 6:30 prayer service at the Glende-Nilson Funeral Home in Evansville and continuing one hour prior to the service at the church.
Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 15, 2021, at the Covenant Church in Evansville, MN.
Clergy. Pastor Dwayne Frykman
Interment: Mound Grove Cemetery, Evansville, MN
Funeral arrangements are with the Glende-Nilson Funeral Home of Evansville.