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William O. Hanson

October 4, 1924 — January 27, 2021

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William (Bill) Orville Hanson, 96, died January 27, 2021 of natural causes.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 5, 2021 at First Lutheran Church, 800 N 7th St, Bismarck.

Burial will at Blue River Cemetery, Blue River, Wisconsin, at a later date.

William was born October 4, 1924 at home near Argyle, WI, to Alvin E. and Helen (Loken) Hanson. One of twins, he was baptized on October 17, 1924 at Yellowstone Lutheran Church and confirmed April 10, 1938 in West Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Edmund, WI. While he was growing up, his family moved several times as tenant farmers, especially in the early years. The farms were located at rural Volga, SD, and in southern Wisconsin: Darlington, Mineral Point, Linden and Edmund. Despite these many moves while being an elder sibling of a large farm family, education was always valued and William graduated from Cobb High School (WI) in 1943. He was a hired farmhand for his uncle Melvin Loken near Fairview, SD, until 1955 when he bought his own dairy farm near Blue River, WI. He was an excellent mechanic: rebuilding, restoring and keeping his tractors and vehicles running. He was also employed as a mechanic to fix equipment for his farming neighbors. William helped others with field work, haying and he drove a snowplow on rural Wisconsin roads.

William was loved by his parents for his years of loyal support and companionship without interference; he was loved by his six brothers and sisters for his integrity, humor and kindness of spirit and he was loved by his many nieces and nephews for his steadfast acceptance and never-ending patience for their childhood antics

William’s passion for his John Deere tractors was shown by his longtime membership in the SW Wisconsin 2-Cylinder Club and his participation and success at many tractor pulling contests. He sold his farm in March 2007 and moved to Bismarck, ND, to live with his twin brother, Wilfred. Later moving into Edgewood Mandan where he remained until the time of his passing.

William is survived by two brothers, Harold, Sioux Falls, S.D., Lawrence, Kenosha, W.I.; sister-in-law, Mary Jean; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; twin brother, Wilfred, and his brother, Everette (Sheila); sisters, Marie (Roland) Arlton and Joanne (Larry) Crawford; sister-in-law, Roberta; and four nieces.

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Friday, February 5, 2021

Starts at 2:00pm (Central time)

First Lutheran Church Bismarck

800 N 7th St, Bismarck, ND 58501

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