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Clarence Hanson

May 01, 2020

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Boulger Funeral Home

Clarence Hanson

May 01, 2020


Clarence E. Hanson, age 98, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 1, 2020, at his Lilac Homes residence in Moorhead MN.

Clarence was born in New Maine Township (MN) to Hartvig and Tena (Anderson) Hanson, the 5th of 13 children. He worked on the family farm until his marriage in June, 1949, to Betty J. Melvie of Thief River Falls, MN. The couple settled in Newfolden, MN, where Clarence started a trucking business to serve the local farming community. In 1957, Clarence and Betty moved their growing family to Fargo, ND, where Clarence, skilled in carpentry and mechanics, worked in the construction trade as a credentialed carpenters union employee until his retirement. He was active in a number of civic and service-oriented organizations, including Kiwanis and Sons of Norway, where he and Betty together enjoyed volunteering and dancing. He was a contributing member of Fargo’s Bethel Evangelical Free Church, serving regularly there as an usher and trustee. He and Betty were volunteers for many years and later residents at Pioneer House/Elim Care in Fargo. Clarence will be remembered for his cheerful, outgoing personality, his zestful sense of humor, his love of music and gardening, and his easy way with children.

In addition to his parents, Clarence is preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Betty, and 7 siblings. He is survived by his sons Roger (Norma) and Robert (Paulette), and daughters Rachel (Monte) Baumgarten, Karen (Bryan), and Kristine (Mitch) Hare; 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; 5 siblings and many nieces and nephews.


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4 responses to “Clarence Hanson”

  1. Pat Palmer says:

    I met Clarence (Big Papa as he was called) at Lilac while visiting Steve and he was very friendly and seemed to always have a smile on his face. Rest in peace Clarence. To all his family, I’m sorry for your loss.

  2. Judith Rae says:

    So many good times with the Hanson family. So sorry about Uncle’s passing. Miss all of the good times we had together growing up. May his spirit always live within. Love to all. Niece/Cousin Judith

  3. New Richmond Hare Family says:

    Thankful to be included with your lovely family Kris.
    We love you –

  4. Julie and Jim Frisk says:

    Great video clip on channel 6. We had not heard of Clarence passing on to be with Betty. Great memories of a wonderful, kind father and professional carpenter. My favorite saying said by Clarence numerous times: “you heard why the (Norwegian) kept hitting his thumb with a hammer—it felt so good when he stopped.” Love to all his family-great picture of our friend Clarence in the article . Love especially to Rachel who has also been special to us. See you in Heaven. Julie and Jim Frisk

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