Funeral for Donald L. Hansen will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Morris, MN, with Reverend Reed Stockman officiating. Burial will be at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Horton Township, near Morris.
Don was born January 9, 1935, in Cottonwood County, Minnesota. Parents Jens and Edna (Shepherd) Hansen raised five boys. His sister Jean is nine years younger than Don. Family was baptized when Don was thirteen. His schooling was in various country schools until town school at Heron Lake became the only choice. His dad died the summer following his junior year. After graduation in 1953 he farmed with his mother and brother while encouraging his grade school age sister.
In December 1957 he was drafted into Army and reported for duty the day after Hansens finished picking corn. Basic training was at Fort Lewis, Washington, before he was sent to Stuttgaard, Germany. His assignments were bridge-building and motor pool mechanic. He enjoyed representing his military base as player on traveling football team. After discharge in September 1959 he returned to family farm. His recreation specialties were bowling, fox hunting and playing softball with DesMoines River Rats of Westbrook. Neighbors greatly rejoiced when Don returned home to willingly overhaul their farm equipment. His shop was a tool shed with work space under the big cottonwood tree.
December 6, 1963, he married Anne Marie Bauman at St. Paul’s Lutheran at Campbell. They began farming in 1965 when Milton Cole helped them rent Fritz Skjonsby’s farm in Monson Township, Alvin Vollmers family became friends and farm support. The couple purchased the John and Bianca Duffing farm in Redpath Township. They milked cows for 25 years as well as did other animal production.
Carpentry and modifying most anything to improve his farm operation were Don’s special talents. An especially satisfying accomplishment was building a shop from materials salvaged from grainary that had been built by Dave Neuman using square nails. Major land improvement was finding and developing a dependable good producing well by drilling deeply on South side of creek and through fifteen feet of bedrock. Sandpoint wells were standard water supply when land is between two water systems—Twelve Mile Creek and Mustinka River.
Lutheran Church Missouri Synod involvement included various congregation offices as well as Lutheran Laymens league and Orphan Grain Train. He taught Sunday School and Junior High Bible class for twenty-five years. Dairy associations and his daughters’ school events were his other interests. When Hansen girls graduated from Campbell-Tintah school, Don and Anne became licensed foster care providers for Traverse County and for Lutheran Social Services. Thirteen young people lived with Hansen’s for various lengths of time during the next ten years.
Hamanns rented Hansen land when Don and Anne moved to Morris in 1997. Rental housing management at Crystal Lake and Greenbriar were their profession for fifteen years. Don also helped maintain greens at Pomme de Terre golf course for a few years. He began delivering flowers for Sweet Lilies shortly after the business opened. Don and other men from Zion spent lots of time baling cardboard at Morris Salvation Army. Don was especially dedicated to Meals on Wheels service. He delivered to East side every Monday and Anne continues that commitment.
He is survived by his wife: Anne Hansen of Morris, MN; two daughters: Christi (Mike Schneider) Hansen of St. Paul, MN, and Clare Hansen of Wahpeton, ND; one sister: Jean Pyles of Middlebrone, WV; two sisters-in-law: Daisy Hansen of Canby, MN, and Anne Hansen of Westbrook, MN.
Preceded him in death; his parents, four brothers, two sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law; niece and two nephews.