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August 28, 1942 – December 20, 2022

David Harvey Hanson, age 80, of Buffalo, MN (formerly of Champlin, MN) passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at Park View Care Center in Buffalo while family and friends sang, “Joy in heaven, joy, everlasting joy!”

He was born on August 28th, 1942 in Winnebago, Minnesota, the son of Harvey and Phyllis (Enders) Hanson. Dave had one brother, Paul, and one sister, Mary. Together they spent much of their childhood in Cambridge, Minnesota.

On June 11, 1961, Dave married his high school sweetheart, Judy Ann Francis Lood at the Cambridge Lutheran Church. God blessed their 61-year marriage with three children, 14 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Dave joined the Airforce shortly after getting married and was stationed in Duluth. He was also deployed to Korea for 15 months. Following his military service, he started in Insurance sales where he spent his entire career. Dave quietly volunteered for the Multiple Sclerosis society for over 25 years. In this, Dave worked at the MS camp each year, supported the MS 150 bike ride, and facilitated many other events. Dave made many life-long friends in this work.

Dave enjoyed many activities in life. He loved trips to Mexico and fishing in Canada with Judy. They also enjoyed their cabin where they spent their summers on the lake. When Judy’s health was declining, Dave spent many years caring for her. Even when his health also began to decline, he still continued to help her as he was able.

Dave loved his family. “Grandpa Hanson,” had nicknames and gave special attention to each of his grandchildren. Even in his declining years, he knew them all by their special names. His grandchildren have special memories of him and enjoyed his fun nature.

Dave was diagnosed with Dementia in 2017. This disease gave him many challenges and eventually he needed more support. Dave moved in with family during COVID and eventually was able to move to Parkview where the staff spoiled their “David”. Dave felt safe and loved there and walked around with a smile and a willing hug.

Dave’s kind smile, big heart, warm hugs, and friendship will be missed. However, his family is comforted knowing that Dave and Judy are in eternal peace in heaven together.

Dave is Survived by his children: Deborah (Jay Nelson) Hanson of Brainerd, Jeffrey (Karen) Hanson of Greenfield, and Bradley (Kate Johnson) Hanson of Minneapolis; fourteen grandchildren: Cole Hanson Nelson, Jessica (Loren) Kesti, Megan Hanson, Erika (Timothy) Landa, Allison (Paul) Savela, Amber Hanson (Max Kelzer fiancée), Jenna (Alexander) Forstie, Derek (Greta) Hanson, Garrett Hanson, Claire Hanson, Connor Hanson, Adelyn Hanson, Henry Hanson, and Molly Hanson; seventeen great grandchildren; and siblings Paul (Mary) Hanson and Mary Kobberdahl and many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his loving wife Judy Hanson, parents Harvey and Phyllis, brother in-law Gary Kobberdahl, and by a great granddaughter Angelina Kesti.

Casket Bearers will be: Derek Hanson, Garrett Hanson, Connor Hanson, Henry Hanson, Loren Kesti, Timothy Landa, Paul Savela, Alexander Forstie, and Max Kelzer.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, December 31, 2022 from 10:30 A.M. until 11:30 A.M. at The Rockford Laestadian Lutheran Church-rural Buffalo, MN .

Funeral services for David Hanson will be held on Saturday, December 31, 2022 at 11:30 A.M. at The Rockford Laestadian Lutheran  Church-rural Buffalo, MN.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 7th, 2023 from 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN



7 Guestbook Entries

  1. Kathi Aho

    Dave sounds like someone I missed out on knowing. Our deepest sympathies are with each of you family members as you lay your dear dad, grandpa, brother to rest. Beautiful to know he has gained the final victory over death- eternal life. May God provide comfort.

  2. Kathi Aho

    Dave sounds like someone we missed out on knowing. Our deepest sympathies are with each of you family members as you lay your dear dad, grandpa, brother to rest. Beautiful to know he has gained the final victory over death- eternal life. May God provide comfort.

  3. Sandy luoma

    I met Dave at Ms camp . He was one of the kindest man I ever met. I looked forward every year at camp to be able to see him again. He had a way about him that could make all of us people at camp feel very special .he will be missed by a lot of people. Rest in peace Dave

  4. Sandy Waalkens

    I met Dave at MS Camp. He was a very kind man with a heart 💜 of gold. He had a wonderful sense of humor and always made us smile and laugh. I will miss his hugs, they made my day. He will be missed greatly! Sending thoughts and prayers to Dave’s family.

  5. Holly Hofmann

    Dave was a loving camp friend, husband, father and grandfather, he will be missed, many hugs to the family

  6. Kathryn Derner

    Dear Hanson Family. I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Dave from MS camp. He brought so much joy and laughter to everyone there! And those mischievous eyes. You always knew he was coming up with more fun to be had. His laughter rang across the camp and we were all better for having been able to share that time with him and the delighted campers. He was generous and kind! He may have shared a few opinions. As a memorial to him I have donated money to the Alzheimer’s Association. Kathy Derner

  7. Jerimarie C

    Sorry for your loss. Prayers.


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