Elder C. E. Hanson, age 92, of Breckenridge, formerly of Milan, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday, December 23, 2014, at Twin Town Villa in Breckenridge, Minnesota. The funeral service will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at Breckenridge Lutheran Church in Breckenridge, with a visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Pastor Mark Manning will be officiating. Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home in Breckenridge is assisting the family.
Elder Clayton Elroy Hanson was born on October 22, 1922, in McCloud, North Dakota, to Erick and Emma (Banken) Hanson. Elder attended school in Wahpeton, ND, and graduated high school in 1941. He then attended North Dakota School of Science in Wahpeton for two years; during which time he worked for local farmers. In February of 1943, Elder entered the Army and served in California and Japan. During his time of service, he attended the University of Oklahoma for engineering.
Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, Elder moved to Milan, Illinois and began working for John Deere in Moline, Illinois, of which he retired after 26 years of employment. He continued to live in Milan, until recently moving to Breckenridge.
Elder was a "tinkerer"; he enjoyed working on small engine repairs, woodworking, and finding treasures with metal detecting.
He is survived by his brother, Vern Hanson, of Breckenridge; a sister-in-law, Mavis Hanson, of Fargo; Nieces and Nephews: Karen Carlson, of Lincoln, NE; Margaret (Roy) Marohl, of Breckenridge; Mary (Bill) Seelhammer, of Fergus Falls, MN; Becky (Al) Sadowsky, of Dickinson, ND; Barbara Baldwin, of White Bear Lake, MN; Carol Lindell (Martin Vann), of Charlotte, NC; Van (Polly) Hanson, of Forest, Virginia; Tony Hanson, of Fargo; Andrew (Lisa) Hanson, of Medina, MN; and 21 great-nieces and great-nephews.
Elder was preceded in death by his Parents, Erick and Emma; his sisters, Ruth (James) Adams; Fern Lindell; Brother, E. Charles Hanson; and two nephews-in-law, Dean Carlson, and Dennis Baldwin.