Douglas Hansen, 88

Douglas Hansen, 88

Funeral Service will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 17, 2014 at American Lutheran Church, Long Prairie, for Douglas A. Hansen, age 88, of Long Prairie, who passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Rev. Bill Bakewicz will officiate and burial will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Friends and family may call from 4 to 8 PM on Thursday, January 16, 2014 and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Arrangements entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home Stein Chapel, Long Prairie.
Douglas Allen Hansen was born May 20, 1925 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of Conrad and Esther (Johnson) Hansen. He grew up in Minneapolis and graduated early from Roosevelt High School to speed up his entry into the service. He was sworn into the United States Army on July 6, 1943 at Fort Snelling. Doug was trained as a combat engineer and assigned to the 80th Infantry Division in the European Theater where his heroism earned him the Purple Heart. Doug was discharged on October 25, 1945. He returned to Minneapolis and attended the Minneapolis School of Business. He married Betty Gilbert on April 2, 1949 in Minneapolis. He worked as a buyer for the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company for 28 years. In 1976, they moved to Long Prairie, where he was a financial worker for Todd County Social Services.
Doug was a member of American Lutheran Church and its Mens Breakfast Bible Study Group. He was a member of the Long Prairie Rotary Club and for many years was one of their leading rose sellers. Doug and Betty spent the last twenty winters since his retirement in Port Aransas, Texas. Family time was important to him. For 55 years, he spent vacation time at a lake in Northern Minnesota. This tradition grew from a family of four to a group of 19 children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He also enjoyed woodworking in his spare time.
Doug is survived by his wife, Betty, of nearly 65 years, his brother Glenn (Carole) Hansen of Duluth, daughters Barbara (Rolf) Schulz of Apple Valley, and Nancy (Fred) Sunder of Bloomington, four grandchildren, Eric (Amy) Schulz, Amy Mae Schulz, Carrie (Jason) Erickson, and Marne (Tyson) Donnelly, six great-grandchildren, Cameron, Kendall, Brayden, Mikko, Jacob, and Blake.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, James and Conrad.

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