Hans Theodore Aakre, Jr. of Fargo, ND went home with his Heavenly Father after fighting a courageous battle with cancer on October 8, 2013, at home surrounded by family. He was born in Grygla, MN on July 8th, 1936.  He went to a one-room schoolhouse in Grygla, MN, and graduated from Goodrich High School.  He played football and basketball in high school.  He married his soul mate Janice Hanson on the 13th of July, 1957.  He has been very active with the Lions Club for the last 40+ years and loved helping with the blind bowling and the All Star basketball every year.  He worked with Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops out of Nativity Church.  He was a very active member of Nativity.  He loved to travel and teach his children and grandchildren how to hunt and fish. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Jan, his children, Theodore (Kathy) Aakre, Chaska, MN, Linda (Joe) Mayo, West Fargo, ND, Steve (Patty) Aakre, West Fargo, ND, and Susan (Philip) Korynta, Ardoch, ND. His grandchildren Jessica (Shane) Hayes, Pamela (Ryan) Hansen, Nicole Aakre, Alan Aakre, Beth Aakre, Bryton Korynta, Ruth Ann Aakre, Erin Korynta, Justyn Korynta, Jessica Korynta, Trinity Korynta, Khaleela Korynta, and Danni Korynta.  Great-grandchildren Tristan Hayes, Isaac Mayo, Sierra Hansen, Wesley Hansen, Ariella Hayes, and Micah Hansen.

He is preceded in death by his parents Hans Theodore Aakre, Sr. and Tillie Aakre, His brother Steinar Aakre and his grandson Anthony Aakre.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Lions Club, Hospice, or your local church.

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  1. Fargo ND
    Dear Jan and Family Hans was such a great person. I loved working at Aakres with him. Terry loved doing his service calls. Our deepest sympathy.

  2. Fargo ND
    We are sorry we are unable to attend the funeral as we are out of town. We would like to express our condolences on your loss. Hans was a fellow Lion, fellow realtor and a personal friend.

  3. Fargo ND
    Dear Jan and family, Hans will be dearly missed he was a great person. We had many times together with our kids growing up together with you on 161/2 and us on 17th street Hang on to all those wonderful memories that you have of your husband and dad. Our prayers go out to all you at this most diffuclt time

  4. Stockton CaFirst of all, my heart felt condolences to Theodore, Steve & Susan.
    I didn’t realize until later on in life, when I tried to run my own business what an amazing man your father Hans was. He had the courage to open an appliance store all on his own, and he did whatever it took to provide for his family, to me that defines what a real man is, and that was your dad. So proud of his children and when Ted became an outstanding wrestler you could light up the block with the smile on his face. When things didn’t work out business wise he re-invented himself. Always positive, I learned a lot from his example later on in life simply by remembering what would Hans do in this situation, the answer was he would always *cowboy up* Thanks Hans GOD BLESS YOU. And yes Vicky Nelson is right there is a bond between all 16 ½ st Fargo people, we all love each other and I am proud of that.

  5. Rochester MN
    I’ve been blessed to have such a special God Father who, although we didn’t get to see each other often (due to distance) was always waiting to give me a hug when we could be together. He was never afraid to be silly and was an expert at making those around him feel valued. Hugs and love to my wonderful Aunt Jan and cousins.

  6. Fargo ND
    Hans has been a friend for many years. My husband Mark was a member at Nativity and I believe they worked many church dinners together.
    I’m so sorry for your loss.

    MaryAnn Armbrust

  7. Woodbury MN
    Our wonderful Brother-in-Law was always ready to help everyone by generously sharing his time and knowledge with any projects that needed to be done. He wasn’t afraid to take on something new, and always got the job done well. His hobbies wholly consisted of helping others, and he found great joy in doing so.
    He easily and often exhibited that marvelous smile of his, and he had a tremendously fun nature, which bordered on mischievous sometimes.
    Han’s beautiful spirit will always live on and be a part of our hearts. We are very grateful to have had his loving presence in our lives. We’re blessed with so many fun memories that we shared.

  8. Bismarck ND
    Our family’s thoughts and prayers are with you Steve, Patty and Nicole during this tough time. Please remember that even though we can’t be with you in person you are always in our hearts. Peace to you and your family, and most importantly know that Hans is now at peace as well. Love you all,

    Dennis and Becky Rosenkranz
    Denise, Darren, Laken & Kenley Gratz
    Brian and Connor Rosenkranz
    Sheila, Justin, and Wesly Seibel

  9. Fargo ND
    My thoughts and prayers are with you Jan and family during this difficult time of loss. I had the pleasure of working with Hans at Edina Realty in Chanhassen MN
    and re-connected with him when I moved back to Fargo. He always had a smile on his face. He will be sadly missed.

  10. Fargo ND
    May all the wonderful memories of Hans comfort you forever. I remember him as being a very good husband, parent and neighbor. From an old neighbor way back when, on 16 1/2 St. Vicky Nelson

  11. Eden Prairie MN
    We are saddened for your loss…Hans was truly a wonderful man with a fun and gentle spirit…..our lives have been enriched since that day we met Hans and Jan in Vegas on the way to Cabo! I will never forget him putting up his two hands so we would always remember how to pronounce his name! And he was definitely the “gamemaster” at our games in Texas..his smile remains forever. We’ve had so much fun over the years with the two of you…….Jane and John

  12. Hi Grandpa,

    The family misses you very much, we know that you will be with us every step of the way. We love you so very much.

    Trinity Korynta & family

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