Raymond M. Hanson, 88, Minot, died Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Trinity Homes in Minot.
Raymond was born Oct. 18, 1924, in Clearwater, Minn., the son of Carl and Caroline Hanson. They moved to North Dakota when Raymond was a child and settled in the South Prairie area. When he was young, he helped out area farmers.
He entered the Army during World War II and served as a paratrooper. Upon his discharge, he moved back to North Dakota and married Agnes Grosz in 1946. From that union four children were born, James, Connie, Betty and Howard. He lived in North Dakota until 1960, when he moved to St. Paul, Minn. Agnes died in 1973. As an adult he worked construction in North Dakota and around the St. Paul area.
He later married Emily Palmquist and lived in Minnesota. She preceded him in death.
He moved to Minot in the mid-2000s and lived in the Milton Young Towers, where he enjoyed playing cards and pool. His daughter, Connie, used to serve food to the Wednesday night card players. He moved into Trinity Nursing Home in Minot four years ago.
Raymond is survived by: his daughters, Connie (Galen) Eidahl, Minot, Betty (John Arendt) Hanson, St. Paul, Minn.; stepsons, Elroy, Larry and Johnny Palmquist, Minnesota; stepdaughters, Cheryle (Ron) Brown, Nancy and Beverly, Minnesota: grandchildren, Monique and David (Stacy) Hanson, Jason (Jocelyn) Eidahl, Marc (Beth) Eidahl, Wendy (Dana) Allen, Angel Garner and Erick Sirotiak; 16 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; sister, Violet Peterson, of Minot. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Agnes and Emily; sons, Howard and James; stepdaughter, Carol; brothers, Melvin, Casper, Ervin and Roy; and sisters, Hope, Rose, Ethel, and Mable.
Memorial gathering: Friday, July 12, 2013, at noon at the Scandinavian Heritage Center at the Pavilion.
There will be no reviewal but friends may sign a register book one hour prior to the service at the Scandinavian Heritage Center at the Pavilion.
Interment will be private.
Those wishing to sign the online register and share memories may access the online obituaries section at (www.thompsonlarson.com).