Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Kenneth Hanson of Watkins died Sunday, March 22, 2009, at the Hilltop Care Center in Watkins. He was 81. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 26, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins with Rev. John Brunner officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. and Thursday from 8-10 a.m. at the Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins. Watkins Senior Citizens will pray the rosary at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, followed by parish prayers at 5:30 p.m. and Legion Post 453 prayers at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Kenneth E. Hanson was born Dec. 22, 1927, in a sod home in Ralph, S.D. At the age of 7 he moved with his parents to Minnesota. Ken was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Army. Ken was united in marriage June 20, 1951, to Gertrude VanLith at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Delano. Ken was employed as a truck driver and had driven in every state; he was an auctioneer at one time. Ken had also worked for the Redi-mix plant in Annandale and Watkins. He was a school bus driver, and he and his wife Gertrude delivered busses all over the country and Canada for Transit Tec. Ken was a member of the Watkins Senior Citizens and the Watkins Legion Post 453. His hobbies included woodworking, welding, fishing, dancing, and playing cards. He enjoyed playing cards and going to auctions, and he especially enjoyed visiting with family and friends. Ken had a deep love for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and infant sister Lucille Hanson. Ken is survived by his wife Gertrude Hanson of Watkins; children Darlene (and Bruce) Way of Kimball, Keith (and Deb) Hanson of Rice, Beverly (and Dennis) Neu of Eden Valley, Duane (and Sandy) Hanson of Waite Park, Mary (and Ron) Dockendorf of Watkins, Jeannie (and Brad) Ebeling of Maple Lake; 11 grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren; brother and sisters Iris VanLith of Boise, Idaho, Wilma "Babe" (and Terry) Walker of Buffalo, Dean (and Delores) Hanson of Akeley; and many nieces and nephews. Music will be by Kathy Pauls. Casket bearers will be Jim Dockendorf, Aaron Dockendorf, Jordan Dockendorf, Kyle Neu, Kurtis Neu, and Mike Paumen.