Kenneth C. Hanson, 83Published 10:13am Monday, August 26, 2013
Kenneth C. Hanson, 83, of Rose Creek, passed away peacefully at Mayo Clinic Health Systems — Austin on Aug. 24, 2013, after a courageous battle with COPD and pneumonia.
He was born on Aug. 4, 1930, to John and Sadie (Ashley) Hanson. He was baptized and confirmed at Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church, Lyle. He graduated from Rose Creek High School in 1948, and served in the United States Army.
He married June Meyer on Nov. 12, 1955, and after a brief time in Olympia, Washington, they moved to the family farm in rural Rose Creek. Kenny crop farmed and had a hog operation for many years. He worked at Weyerhauser for 23 years until he retired in 1992. They moved to Rose Creek in 1991, and he continued farming with his son. The family farm became a Century Farm in 1983. He was an active member of Little Cedar Lutheran Church and served on the church council and building committee.
Kenny enjoyed baseball and was an avid Twins fan. He also enjoyed woodworking. His love of travel took him to all 50 states, Canada and Mexico. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He made it a priority to be at all of their events, including 4-H and school activities.
He was survived by his wife of 57 years, June; sons Kevin (Lori) Hanson, Rose Creek and Craig (Martha) Hanson, Orange Park, Fla.; daughter Nancy (Mike) Smith, Adams; grandchildren, Scott Hanson, Winona; Christie (Jared) Zillgitt, Zumbrota; Brooke Hanson and fiance Kody Retterath, Adams, Kayla and Jonathan Hanson, Orange Park, Fla.; Lisa Smith, Inver Grove Heights, Ashley and Lindsey Smith, Adams; a sister, Eleanor Augustin, Austin; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Little Cedar Lutheran Church, Adams with Reverend Jeremy Johnson officiating. Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery, Austin, with military rites to be performed by the Adams American Legion Post 146. Visitation will be held at the Adams Funeral Home on Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m., and on Wednesday at the church for one hour before the service.