Odin C. Hanson, 93, Minot, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in a Minot hospital surrounded by his loving family.
Odin was born May 13, 1919, in Pelican Rapids, Minn., the son of Fridthjof and Calma (Kind) Hanson. He was raised and educated in Pelican Rapids. Growing up in Pelican Rapids he got his first job at the local grocery store because he could speak Norwegian. He entered into active duty service with the Army 135th, Regiment 34th Infantry Red Bull Division. He honorably served his country in North Africa and Italy and was awarded two Bronze Stars and a combat infantry badge.
Odin returned to Minnesota in 1945 and was united in marriage to Delores Schulz on June 17, 1946, at Moorhead, Minn. They moved to Minot in 1948, where he was employed with the Nabisco Co. as a salesman for more than 34 years, traveling the states of North Dakota and Montana.
Odin was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, the Minot American Legion, Last Man's World War II Club of Minot, and was a lifetime member of the Pelican Rapids Veterans of Foreign Wars. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the apple of his eye, as he enjoyed spending time with them along with attending many of their activities. He loved family vacations and gatherings.
Odin's loving family includes: wife of 66 years, Delores; children, Kyle (Celeste) Hanson, Minot, Signe (Jim) Schmelzer, Rochester, Minn., Todd Hanson, Largo, Fla., Julie (Harry) Thrailkill, Minot; grandchildren, Danny (Tasha) Hanson, Adam and Maija Schmelzer, Jacob, Liam and Matthew Thrailkill; 10 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Warren Jensen, Canfield, Ohio; grandson-in-law, Todd Behm, Minot; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Odin was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Chandie Hanson-Behm; and sister, Mae Jensen; and mother-in-law, Margaret Schulz.
Funeral service: Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in Christ Lutheran Church, Minot.
Graveside service: Monday, Sept. 10, at 10:30 a.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery, Fergus Falls, Minn.
Visitation: Today, Sept. 7, from 3 to 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: Are preferred to Christ Lutheran Church, The Wounded Warriors Fund or an organization of the donor's choice.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com)