Thief River Falls - Arthur B. Hanson, 82, of Thief River Falls, formerly Plummer, died Thursday, November 17, 2005 at Northwest Medical Center, Thief River Falls.
Casket bearers included Jim DuChamp, Roger Gallant, Robert Newland, Ferd De Hate, Merle Jesme and Roger Skjerven. Honorary casket bearers included all of Art’s nieces and nephews. Military honors were provided by the Plummer American Legion and Thief River Falls 40 et 8.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 21, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Plummer, with Rev. Jonathan Dobson officiating. Interment was held at the Finnish Cemetery, rural Plummer.
Arthur Birdeen Hanson was born May 24, 1923 at home in Hickory Township, Pennington County, the son of Henry G. and Thea H. (Vettleson) Hanson. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. The family lived along the eastern edge of Pennington County.
Art attended school in District 3. He helped out on the family farm and worked for neighbors on their farms. He also trapped. At age 21, Art entered the United States Army, November 21, 1944. He served his country in Germany, Belgium, and France. After his honorable discharge, August 18, 1946, he returned to the United States.
Art worked on the family farm for a couple years, and then moved to the Iron Range where he worked for Oliver Mining Company, Hibbing. He then did custom combining in the Midwest for a couple years. Art then worked in construction and road work in Minneapolis. This is where he met his future wife, Alma.
On November 10, 1956, Arthur was united in marriage to Alma Kangas in Menahga, in the parsonage. They newly married couple made their home in Minneapolis before buying a farm by Plummer. Art and Alma traveled and worked back and forth sharing their time between Plummer and Minneapolis. They bought a different farm near Plummer and milked cows and farmed. Then Art, Clarence and Alma bought what became Hanson’s Bar in Plummer in the late 1960’s and operated it for over 15 years, after which Clarence became the operator. In June 2003, Art and Alma moved into Thief River Falls.
Art was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Plummer, a member of Plummer American Legion and had served as President, Thief River Falls 40 et 8 and VFW. He served on the Plummer Fire Department for 15 years. He enjoyed music and loved to play his guitar and sing.
Art and Alma never missed a family event and shared their love and support for their family. Art liked to hunt and fish, play pinochle, garden and playing Santa for years. Art enjoyed the simple things in life, he wasn’t a materialistic person at all.
Arthur is survived by wife, Alma of Thief River Falls; sisters, Ann Newland of Thief River Falls, Betty (Frank) Knoll of Warren and JoAnn (Maynard) Laymon of Warren; 20 nieces and nephews; 37 great-nieces and nephews; 11 great-great-nieces and nephews; and a brother-in-law, Ted Haugen of Plummer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Alice and Ardith; brothers, Harold and Clarence; one niece; and two nephews.