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Lorace "Hawk" Hakanson

February 18, 1941 - October 24, 2012


5-7 PM Friday, October 26, 2012 at Boulger Funeral Home

Funeral Service:

10 AM Saturday, October 27, 2012 at Hope Lutheran Church - South Campus, Fargo


11 AM Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Lorace "Hawk" Hakanson

February 18, 1941 - October 24, 2012


Hawk grew his angel’s wings at Sanford Hospital Fargo surrounded by his loving wife and children. He was born in Harvey, ND February 18, 1941 to Walter and Anna (Solheim) Hakanson.

Hawk graduated from Fessenden High School in 1958 and went on to college at NDSU and graduated with a degree in Agriculture Economics. He served in the US Airforce from 1966-1972. Hawk was very proud to be a veteran. He worked at Federal Land Bank in Fargo, Lakeside State Bank in NewTown, Farmers Home Administration(FHA) in NewTown, and State FSA offices in Bismarck and Fargo until his retirement at age 62.

In 1963 he married the one and only love of his life, Gloria Pellett in Fessenden, ND. They have three children and nine grandchildren. Hawk enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, “tinkering”, and especially spending time with his family during the summer months at the lake. If anything needed to be fixed, you asked Hawk. He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND. Church was very important to him and enjoyed his adult bible study group.

Hawk is survived by Gloria, his loving wife of 49 years, his children Mark (Stacey), Marne (John), Dana (Jeff); his grandchildren Johnathan (JC), Jesston, Jaron, Cody, Cambri, Caden, Carli, Jaydon, and Brandalyn; his siblings Owen (Elaine) Hakanson, and Arlys (Alden) Pederson. He is preceded in death by his parents Walter and Anna.


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  1. Connie Johnson says:

    Manassas VAWords can’t begin to express the sadness I feel right now knowing that I won’t ever get the chance to tell my Uncle I love him just one more time. I am so thankful for the chance to be at the service and get to reconnect with my cousins after all these years. Uncle Lorace, we love you more than words can say.
    Aunt Gloria Mark, Marne, Dana and families…you are in our prayers each and every day. XOXO.

  2. Nikki (Wittmayer)Nodland says:

    Bismarck My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very sad time. I know Lorace was a great man and will be missed. Keep all the good memories close to your hearts.

  3. Annette (Breider) Skiftun says:

    Saginaw Minnesota
    Gloria, Looking back, time has seemed to have slipped by so quickly. As a young girl in Fessenden I still remember Lorace as the good-looking guy in the Red Owl store and I was so glad when the two of you got married. As neighbors growing up together we will always have a connection and a warm spot for Fessenden–that’s why this loss is felt by all of us. Please know that we are thinking of you and praying for you. Love always! Annette & Jason Skiftun Jeanette Breider

  4. Becky (Bennett) Field says:

    Minot ND
    Gloria, Mark, Marne, and Dana,

    So sad to read of Lorace’s passing. What a wonderful husband, dad, and friend. I don’t think he missed any activities at the New Town Schools when you kids were students there. Gloria, I’m so glad that we ran into the two of you those few years ago in the Menard’s parking lot here in Minot. Could have visited for a long time. You have a close family and you will miss him terribly but thankfully you have the Lord and each other to draw strength from during this sad time. God bless Lorace’s memory and your family. Wish I could hug all of you.

  5. Barb and Bruce Evanson says:

    Bismarck ND
    Dear Gloria and Family,
    We have you in our hearts at this sad time. May your wonderful memories be the first ones you think about now that Lorace is free and at peace. We look forward to celebrating his life with you Saturday morning at Hope Lutheran Church.
    Our love,
    Barb and Bruce

  6. JORDIS (KRO) BERGO says:


  7. Betty Hirschkorn says:

    Fessenden ND
    Gloria and Family
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss and extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to all of you. Lorace was such a great guy, remember him from high school as always being so polite and kind. And than having dealings with him while he worked at FHA and I was at ASCS….he was just a wonderful man. Cherish your memories.

  8. Karen Heilman says:

    Bismarck ND
    My deepest sympathies to the Hakason family. My your find strength in the good Lord during this most difficult time. Karen

  9. Karen says:

    Bismarck ND
    My deepest sympathies to the Hakason family. Look to the good Lord for strength during this most difficult time.

  10. Deb Grant says:

    Minot ND
    My deepest sympathies for the loss of your husband, Gloria, and for the loss of your father, Mark, Marnie,and Dana. I think of Lorace as such a constant and supportive part of all of your lives. My fondest memory is of his assistance in helping me buy my first house in New Town. I hope all of you find comfort in memories of an amazing man who shared his life with all of you for too short of a time.

  11. Wally Kahler says:

    Mandan North Dakota
    To the family of Hawk,

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family, I’m so sorry to hear about Lorace.

    My family sends there sympathy.


  12. Patti Graumann says:

    Sioux Falls SDOur thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you grieve the loss of a wonderful man.

  13. Verdale Anderson says:

    Heimdal North Dakota
    Sorry to hear about Lorace, He was my neighbor when we were young and was always fun to visit with. God be with you .

  14. Kaye Rudser says:

    Minot ND
    Sorry to hear of Lorace’s passing, but as we said, he’s in a better place now.
    You two were such a fun couple even though we weren’t together that long.
    Give a call when things calm down. You’re in my prayers.

    ( I’m slipping on the ‘banana peel’ a little faster now, too. The kids are taking turns coming home.)

  15. Jamie Marler says:

    Fargo ND
    Gloria and family, I was so sorry to hear about Lorace. I enjoyed getting to know him and you too Gloria while he worked at the FSA State Office in Fargo. He was one of the “Good Guys”. A very caring man who loved his family very much. Cherish all the great memories and hold them tight in your hearts. My prayers to all of you during this difficult time.

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  17. Claudia Decker says:

    Fargo ND
    Gloria and family:
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Lorace. I only knew him while working in the FSA State Office, but I know he was a kind, caring, gentle man who was considerate to everyone around him. I really enjoyed having conversations with him. I know he will be sorely missed by his whole family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time.
    Claudia Decker

  18. Maxine Beseler says:

    Fargo ND
    Dear Marne & John & family,
    I was so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing, Marne! You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers. May you always cherish the wonderful memories you have of your Dad and Grandpa! May you feel the loving arms of those who care and love you as they surround you and give you comfort at this time.
    My heartfelt sympathy to all of you.
    God bless you and take care of you!

  19. Mark Schlenvogt says:

    Valley City ND
    I enjoyed the time that we worked together in Newtown. We had our differences at times but always was able to come to an agreement and get the work done. I am sure there were times he would of liked to pull his hair out over some ot the things Dave and I did. Just like to say that our prayers and thoughts go out to the family.

  20. Rayne Kembel says:

    Bismarck North Dakota
    My prayers go out to you and your family Marne. We have to remember your dad is in a very happy and peaceful place….no more pain. Prayers of support and strength to all. Take care.

  21. sandi weisenberger says:

    Fargo North Dakota
    I know one old friend who greeted him yesterday with “Hey Lorcie”. Lorace was such a kind, gentle man and loved by so many. He is now free of the disease that took his mind. No doubt he is already lending a helping hand in his new home.

  22. William Coughlin says:

    Stanley ND
    Gloria and family, we are so sorry to hear of Hawk’s passing. I have many fond memories of him out at the lake. He always had a smile on his face and was always glad to see you. He will be missed.
    Bill and Stacy Coughlin

  23. Linda and Curt Meth says:

    Kingfisher OKWe have always valued our friendship with Lorace and Gloria since our highschool days when Gloria and I were “smitten” with two young fellas with convertibles. We are thankful for and treasure the memories we have of our times together. God has blessed you, Gloria, with a wonderful family. Lorace left you in good hands. We love you and will continue to pray for you in this time of transition. We hope to spend sometime with you soon.

  24. Dorothy Goodall says:

    Stanley ND
    Lorace will be missed by all who knew him. I’m sure he has found peace at last. May you all find comfort knowing he is in heaven with his lord.

  25. Dana and Jeff says:

    Moorhead MN
    Rest in peace dad. You will be greatly missed, but we will cherish all of the memories of our time together. We love you.

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