SHERWOOD Orlin Milton "Bill" Hanson, 82, Fargo, formerly of Sherwood, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at a Fargo nursing home.
He was born June 30, 1930, in Prosperity Township, Renville County, to Herman and Alma (Holte) Hanson. He attended North Prosperity School through the eighth grade and then attended Sherwood High School, graduating in 1948.
He enlisted in the Navy in December 1950. He served on board the aircraft carrier, The USS Boxer, in the South Pacific, off the coast of North Korea, in 1953. Orlin was discharged in the fall of 1954 and returned to North Dakota to be a rancher in Prosperity Township.
He fell in love with Lola Lynnes, a teacher at North Prosperity Elementary School. They were married on Oct. 5, 1958, at Prosperity Lutheran Church. After Orlin's father passed away, they moved into the Hanson homestead, which was started in 1914 with two granaries being put together. Orlin and Lola were active in farming and ranching until selling the farm in 2000. They have three children, De, Stan and Shawn.
Orlin was a member of, and very active at, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Sherwood, for 60 years. He had a very strong faith in Jesus Christ and this played a role in how he lived his life. It was very important for his Mother that her family went to church every Sunday as a family and he followed in her footsteps in bringing his family to church every Sunday.
He was a member of the North Dakota American Legion for 60 years. He was an advocate for military veterans and was very proud of his service to his country. He was very active with the Memorial Day services that have been held in Sherwood for 75 years. He served 18 years on the N.D. Legion Athletic Committee, supervising Legion Baseball Tournaments all over the state.
Orlin became active in politics and was elected to the North Dakota House of Representatives in 1980 and served for 10 years. In 1990, he served one term in the North Dakota Senate. He remained very active in politics, serving as Chairman of the 6th District Republicans for 10 years.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Sherwood, the North Dakota Stockmen's Association, the North Dakota State Farm Bureau, co-chairman of the Citizens United to Save the Valley, charter member of the board of directors of the Upper Souris Rural Water System, and chairman of the Sherwood Summer Recreation Committee for many years. He also worked as the Economic Development director for the Renville County JDA.
He is a member of the North Dakota American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame, received the North Dakota Community Leadership Award from GNDA, the NDSU Agriculturist Award, the "Friend of Rural Water" Award, the 1994 Outstanding Legionnaire Award and several other awards.
Family: He is survived by his wife, Lola (Lynnes) Hanson, Fargo; daughter, De Benjamin, Fargo; sons, Stan (Karen) Hanson, Avon, Minn., and Shawn (Karla) Hanson, Fargo; the loves of his life, his seven grandchildren, Cortney, Kyle, Mikaela, Matthew, Juliana, Jacob and Andrew; brother, Robert Hanson, Sherwood; sister, Bonnie Lillemon, Minot; brothers-in-law, Carl Jahn and Don Stewart; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews that know him as "Uncle Bill."
He was preceded in death by: his parents, H.M. and Alma Hanson; brothers, Don (Ada) Hanson, Glenn (Ethel) Hanson, and Orlin "Bud" Hanson; sisters, Wilma (Harlan) Schumacher, Dora (Jack) Watts, Byrle Stewart, Erlyne Jahn; sister-in-law, Lila Hanson; brothers-in-law, Robert Stanley and Ernest Lillemon; nephews, Baby Boy Hanson, Gary Lillemon, Owen Stanley, Larry Schumacher; nephew-in-law, Donald Joseph; niece, Sharon Watts; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral: Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at 11 a.m., at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Sherwood.
Burial: Sherwood Union Cemetery, Sherwood.
Sharing of Memories service: Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m., at the church. (Open to the public.)
Visitation: Thursday, 2 to 7 p.m., at the church.
Memorials: Memorials are preferred to Our Savior Lutheran Church or the Bothun-Peterson American Legion Post #213, both Sherwood.
(Brose Funeral Home, Mohall)