Norman Hansen, 77

Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
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Norman Hansen of Kimball died Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at the Ely Community Hospital. Norm had been enjoying a fishing trip to Veteran's on the Lake near Ely.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 27, at Zion United Methodist Church in South Haven with Rev. Marilee Benson officiating. Burial will follow at Zion Cemetery in South Haven. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Kimball and at the church one hour prior to services.

Norman Richard Hansen was born Feb. 9, 1934, in Storm Lake, Iowa, to Herbert and Linnea (Anderson) Hansen. He attended grad and high school in Albert City where he played basketball. He then went to Commercial Extension in Omaha and worked for a time in Omaha. Norm enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Washington state. He graduated cum laude from Buena Vista College of Storm Lake with a B.A. degree and later from St. Cloud State University with a Master's degree.

At Kimball High School, from 1964-1969 he taught business and psychology, and from 1969-1994 he was the high school counselor. Norm was head golf coach, junior high football coach, junior high basketball coach, yearbook advisor, student council advisor, and concession advisor.

Norm was a member and past-president of Central Minnesota Counselors' Association. He was a strong student advocate and would put forth much time and effort to help students experiencing difficulty with academics or personal struggles. He loved fishing, hunting, and other outdoor activities.

Norm was preceded in death by his parents, and brother-in-law Harlan Gutz.

He is survived by his two sisters Joann (and John) Oatman of Storm Lake, Iowa, and Audrey Gutz of Storm Lake, Iowa; stepmother Ina Hansen of Thornton, Colo.; nieces and nephews Ann Kolanowski of Bedford, Texas, Sue (and Bill) Roberts of Minneapolis, Carrie (and Jim) Macoskey of Cottage Grove, William Gutz of Blue Grass, Iowa, Stephanie Gutz of Taos, N.M., and Marianna (and Jock) Holliman of Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Pallbearers will be Grant Shold, Gene Gohmann, Darwin Deuermeyer, Larry Jensen, Ken Schmidt, Gary Trimble, Gary Palm, and Carl Hoffman.