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Merrill “Merle” Hanson

June 24, 2018
Estherville News

Funeral services for Merrill "Merle" Hanson, 85, of Estherville, will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 25, 2018, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Estherville with Father Merlin Schrad officiant. Interment will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery, Estherville, with military rites by VFW Post 3388 of Estherville. He died June 20, 2018, at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Visitation was 5-7 p.m., Sunday, June 24 at the Henry-Olson Funeral Home in Estherville.

Merrill Chester Hanson, the son of Chester and Julia (Mosloski) Hanson, was born May 21, 1933, in Dunnell, Minn.

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He received his education in the Sherburn, Minn., schools, graduating from Sherburn High School. After completing high school, Merrill served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to the area.

On Nov. 19, 1955, he was united in marriage to Cleora Heinrichs in Estherville. The couple made their home in Estherville where they raised their family. Merrill began working at Firestone Tire in Estherville, where he later became manager. He worked at Firestone for 42 years. In his leisure time he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family. Cleora died May 16, 2016.

He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Estherville and was active in the Knights of Columbus. Merrill was also a member of American Legion Post 91 of Estherville.

Left to cherish Merrill's memory are his children, Steven (Juliet) Hanson of Warrensburg, Mo.; Laurie (Joel) Stevens of Swea City, Iowa, and their children, Christopher (Tifani) Stevens, Travis (Cortney) Stevens, Tyler Stevens and Katie Stevens; Gayle (Rick) Johnson of Spencer, Iowa and their children, Amber (Aaron Peck) Johnson, Emily (Brent) Impecoven and Adam Johnson; son-in-law, Brad Dykes of Yankton, S.D., and he and Sheryl's children, Erin (Tanner) Smith and Evan Dykes; great-grandchildren, Libby, Dylan, Wiley, Donnie, Emmie, and Baby Impecoven; sister, Mary Lou Besaw of Rifle, Colo., and also many nieces and nephews.

Merrill was preceded in death by his wife; daughter, Sheryl Dykes; his parents and brothers, Wayne, Laverne and Richard.

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