Roger C. Hanson, age 80, of Millerville, died Sunday, April 17, 2016, at Dignity Health Mercy Gilbert Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona.
Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Millerville with Fr. Peter VanderWeyst and Fr. Herb Gappa officiating. Music is provided by organist, Rachel Wagner and the church choir. Burial is at the church cemetery with full military honors accorded by the Minnesota Honor Guard and Inspiration Peak American Legion Post #527.
Visitation is 5-8 p.m., Monday at the church with a 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus Rosary followed by parish prayers at 7:30 p.m. The visitation will continue one hour prior the service.
Roger C. Hanson was born on July 22, 1935, to Hartwick and Alvina (Suchy) Hanson in Millerville. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. Roger attended and graduated from Battle Lake High School. Following his education, Roger enlisted in the United States Air Force where he earned the rank of Master Sergeant. During this time, Roger was united in marriage to Margaret Manning on January 28, 1956, in Liverpool, England. He spent 22 years serving his country. Following his retirement from the military, Roger returned to the Evansville area and worked as a farmer. After retiring from this chapter in his life, he turned his focus on assisting his son Rick; splitting the year between Minnesota and Gilbert, Arizona, where he worked buying, fixing up and selling homes. Roger did this all the way up to the time of his death. He was a member of the Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and Inspiration Peak American Legion Post #527. Roger enjoyed deer and duck hunting as well as fishing. He loved trapping mink and gophers and was locally known as "the Gopher Guy," as he trapped for three nearby counties. Roger was always proud to share his passion for planing thousands of trees over the span of his farming career.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Alex Hanson, Ray Hanson, and Vernon Hanson.
Roger is survived by his wife of 60 years, Margaret; five children, Stephen Hanson, Cheryl (Jeff Cosier) Hanson, Karen Hanson, Gail (Korey) Lankow, and Rick (Lana Rose) Hanson; brother, Ralph Hanson; eight grandchildren, Angela Petersen, Diana O'Toole, Jace Lankow, Zach Lankow, Stephen Hanson, Michael Hodge, Josh Lankow, and Hailey Hanson; three great-grandchildren, Mason Petersen, Kaydin O'Toole, and Maxwell Petersen; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Pallbearers are Jace Lankow, Zach Lankow, Josh Lankow, Michael Hodge, Stevie Hanson, and Michael Petersen.