Published: Thursday, May 9th, 2013
Kenneth Dale “Ken”â��Hanson was born Sept. 26, 1931, near Alexandria, S.D., in Hanson County to Hans and Minnie (Carlson) Hanson. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from 1951 until his honorable discharge in 1955.
Ken married Jeree Lee Boisen at Mt. Vernon, S.D., May 22, 1960. The couple had three daughters, Leah, Kim and Jodee (died at birth), and two sons, Dodd and Troy. On Aug. 27, 1982, he married Arbutus M. Jorgensen at Mitchell, S.D., where they lived until January 1987, when they moved to Custer, S.D.
Ken was a good man who lived a good life following God’s way. He was a member of Custer Lutheran Fellowship. He liked volunteering on building projects at the church, YMCA, Habitat for Humanity and just working with and helping others. He loved his family dearly.
Ken was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, mentor and friend and he spent plenty of time mastering each of those roles, leaving a legacy of memories for those who knew and loved him.
Ken also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping and readily passed those skills on to others. He was a true sportsman, seeing his game from the field to the frying pan. Ken was also known for his sense of humor.
Ken died April 30, 2013, surrounded by family at his home in Custer. He was 81.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Lorene Lowe and Hazel Simpson; brother, Wayne Hanson; and infant daughter, Jodee Hanson.
Ken is survived by his wife, Arbutus Hanson of Custer; two daughters, Leah Hill (Judd Richardson) of Gillette, Wyo., and Kim (Everett) Dean of Newcastle, Wyo.; two sons, Dodd Hanson (Donna Speir) of Mitchell and Troy Hanson (Dave Buus) of Gillette; stepdaughter, Danette Munson (Paul Dezotel) of Sioux Falls, S.D.; stepson, Bret (Deb) Jorgensen of Mitchell; three granddaughters, Chrissa (Kirk) Luckow of Crookston, Minn., Kati (Nate) Smith of Newcastle, Wyo., and Kara Hanson of Mitchell; two grandsons, Kyle Dean of Newcastle and Nick Hanson of Mitchell; three step-grandsons, Cullen (Traci) Jorgensen of Rapid City, Baend (Tia) Buus of Laramie, Wyo., Yuri (Vanessa) Buus of Bullhead City, Ariz., Jason (Becca) Hill of Belle Fourche, S.D.; three step-granddaughters, Sarah (Mark) Stanton of Lincoln, Calif., Aundrea (Jessica) Dybing-Jorgensen of Sioux Falls and Laura (Nathan) Green of Marshall, Minn.; sister, Alyce (Vern) Knutson of Lakewood, Colo.; brother, Darrell (Bev) Hanson of Mitchell, sister-in-law, Marlene Hafner of St. Paul, Minn.; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were May 6 at Custer Lutheran Fellowship with Pastors Tom Opoien and Kent Narum officiating.
Committal services will be held at New Home Lutheran Cemetery near Mitchell at a later date.
Memorials may be sent to Custer Lutheran Fellowship, 12622 US Hwy 16A, Custer, SD, 57730.
Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.
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