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Hans E. Hanson

November 17, 1921 - February 15, 2013

Hans E. Hanson, age 91 of Philip, S.D., died Friday, February 15, 2013, at the Philip Nursing Home.
Hans E. Hanson was born November 17, 1921, in Mt. Vernon, the son of Martin and Lizzie Hanson. He grew up on a farm near Mt. Vernon and attended rural schools, prior to graduating from Mt. Vernon High School in 1939.
Hans was united in marriage to Velma P. Lorang on June 8, 1941, in Las Vegas, Nev. They made their home in Burbank, Calif., where their first child, Sharon, was born. Later, Hans entered the U. S. Army and served in the Pacific during World War II. During that period, Velma and Sharon moved back to Mt. Vernon and lived with Hans’ mother until his discharge from the Army. In 1946, the family moved to Madison where a son, Michael, was born. Later, they moved to Mitchell, and Hans operated a Standard Oil bulk agency.
In October 1950, the family moved to Philip. Subsequently, a third child, Steven, was born in Kadoka. In 1953, Hans and Velma purchased the Ned Ronning City Meat Market and Locker Plant and, in 1960, they built and operated Hanson’s Super Valu until their retirement in 1986.
Throughout his life in Philip, Hans was a leading businessman and active promoter of the Philip community. Among Hans’ many contributions were his service as both president of the Haakon School Board and Chamber of Commerce. He also was famous for organizing large community-based pit barbeques. Hans was proud of having played for the Mitchell Kernels, a semi-pro baseball team, and most of all for being a military veteran. Most recently, he played a founding leadership role in the establishment of the Philip Veteran’s Living Memorial. Second only to his family, was his love of golf, hunting and fishing. Hans and Velma were long serving members of the First Lutheran Church in Philip.
Hans was grateful for having shared his life with a daughter, Sharon Johnson, of Shawnee, Okla.; two sons, Michael and his wife, Shizuko, of Fairfax, Va., and Steve and his wife, Paulette, of Nashville, Tenn. He also is survived by five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Hans was preceded in death by his loving wife, Velma; his parents; 13 brothers and sisters; his son-in-law, Orrin Johnson; and his granddaughter Carrie’s husband, Chad McCoy.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the Philip Volunteer Fire Department.
Services were held Tuesday, February 19, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Pastor Frezil Westerlund officiaing.
Music was provided by Marianne Frein, pianist, and Elvera Moos, vocalist. Ushers were Quinn McCoy and Seth Johnson.
Pallbearers were Scott, Matthew and Craig Johnson, Mark Hanson and Logan McCoy. Honorary pallbearers were Hans’ granddaughter, Carrie McCoy, and his 11 great-grandchildren.
Military graveside services were Wednesday, February 20, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com