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Robert M. Hanson

Robert M. Hanson

Robert M. Hanson passed away Aug. 23, 2013, at Essentia Health in Brainerd.

Robert was born July 29, 1924, to Olaf and Adeline (Mathison) Hanson in Detroit Lakes, Minn. The family moved to Chokio, Minn. He was baptized June 12, 1938, at Artichoke Baptist Church in Correll, Minn. They farmed at Chokio until 1942, when they moved to Nisswa, Minn.

Upon graduation from Pequot Lakes High School in 1943, he entered the Army and served in the South Pacific, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and Japan where he was a master sergeant. During World War II he served in radar, as a supply sergeant and chaplain’s assistant. He returned home in March 1946 as a reserve and was called back in 1950 to serve in the Korean War.

He married Betty Lou Kruger on Feb. 4, 1947. They had five children: David, Nancy, Bonnie, Gregory and Peggy. He attended Dunwoody Institute and worked as an electrician at St. Peter State Hospital and Cambridge State Hospital. In 1955, he became an electrical representative for the State Board of Electricity and worked out of Grand Rapids, Minn. From there he moved to Brainerd and was the power use advisor at Crow Wing Power Electric Cooperative for seven years.

He opened Bob Hanson Electric, Inc. in 1964 and was in business for more than 30 years. He was in the electrical field for 47 years.

Bob was a member of the American Legion Ben Krueger Post 49 in Pequot Lakes, belonged to the Gideons in Brainerd and had jail ministry for many years. He attended Christ Community Church in Nisswa.

He’ll be sadly missed by family and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Betty; children, David (Cathy) of Texas, Nancy (Paul) Schmidt of Jenkins, Bonnie (Bruce) Toftness of Brainerd and Peggy Thomsen of Nisswa; 17 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; sister, Marion Alleva of Florida; brothers, Don of Ohio and Jim of Pine River.

He was preceded in death by a son, Gregory in 2002; parents; brother, Oliver, and wife Lee; sister, Ileane, and husband Marlin Swanson; and brother-in-law, Nicholas Alleva.

Services were held Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at Christ Community Church of Nisswa.

Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery in Nisswa following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Christ Community Church of Nisswa.

Halvorson-Johnson Funeral and Cremation Care, Brainerd/Baxter, was in charge of arrangements.