BRISTOL- Funeral Services for Vernon L. Hanson, 74 of Bristol will be at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at Fiksdal Funeral Chapel in Webster, Rev. William Olsen officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Aberdeen. He died May 4, 2007 at Milbank. Visitation will be 5-7 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home and prior to services on Wednesday. Survivors include one brother, Wallace “Wally” (Myrtis) Hanson of Webster. Vernon Lewis Hanson was born on Saturday, October 8, 1932 to Lewis and Gladys (Goff) Hanson on the family farm in Bristol Township, Day County, South Dakota near Bristol. He was baptized at Bethesda Lutheran Church and later confirmed at Butler Lutheran Church. He attended country school and graduated from Bristol High School in 1950. He entered the National Guard and in September 1950 the Unit was activated and he was stationed in Alaska during the Korean Conflict. He was discharged in July 1952. He moved to California and in 1956 he joined the Los Angeles Fire Department where he was a welder. In October 1970 he married Sybille Marth. The couple made their home in Lakewood, California. In March 1998 he retired from the fire department after 42 ½ years of service. In July 2004 he returned to Bristol and in February 2007 he entered Golden Valley Living Center in Milbank. He was an active member of Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bellflower, California. He enjoyed playing basketball, square dancing, visiting with friends and watching football on television. After retirement he was lost without his “fire buddies” and his position with the fire department. Vernon passed away on Friday, May 4, 2007 at Milbank, South Dakota at the age of 74 years, 6 months and 27 days. Survivors include one brother, Wallace “Wally” (Myrtis) Hanson of Webster, SD. He was preceded in death by his parents, a nephew, Russell Lewis Hanson and one brother, Gerald.
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