Arnold "Arnie" Hansen, age 90, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.
Funeral services will be 10:30 AM on Friday, May 20, 2016, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Jon Cooke officiating. Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery in Centerville, South Dakota with military honors provided by the Frank Holcombe Post 43 in Centerville. Visitation is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are: Ed Hall, Cassius Disbrow, Raymond Dickens, Calvin Hall, Kenny Falk, and John Lounsberry. Honorary pallbearers are his grandchildren: Cassandra Hansen and Jesse Hansen.
Arnold "Arnie" Hansen was born February 9, 1926, in Viborg, South Dakota, to Lorens and Carrie (Peterson) Hansen. He grew up on the farm in the Viborg area. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1944 and served his country during World War II until his discharge in 1946. He married Lois Thomas on June 18, 1949, in Luverne, Minnesota. After their marriage, Arnie farmed for a while until moving to Yankton in the mid 1950's. He worked for the Human Services Center in Yankton for many years and then for the Yankton Public Schools as a custodian until retiring in 1988. After his retirement Arnie stayed busy helping Jim Holy dig and fill graves all over the Yankton area.
Arnie enjoyed fishing, watching the Price is Right and Westerns on TV, telling jokes, playing Santa at Christmas, and being outdoors working in his yard. Arnie loved watching and spending time with his grandchildren and especially loved his beard.
Survivors include his four children: Jerry (Annette) Hansen of Canton, South Dakota; David Hansen of Hudson, South Dakota; Terry Hansen of Mitchell, South Dakota; and Mark (Carla) Hansen of Yankton; two grandchildren: Cassandra Hansen of Yankton and Jesse Hansen of Yankton; sister, Erma Disbrow of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lois on November 12, 1972; two sisters: Alma Hall and Mae Falk; and four brothers: Laverne, Keith, Lindy and Lester Hansen.
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So sorry to learn of Uncle Arnie's death. He will always be remembered for his sense of humor and that white beard - his iconic trademark. 90 years! The Hansen family has always proven to have longevity and great stamina to go through things in life. Uncle Arnie is not different. Life threw him some blows, but he always weathered the storm and maintained a sense of humor. His devotion to his boys is admirable. My prayers are with you, Jerry, David, Mark and Terry - may God come embrace you as you face these next few days. I wish I could be there but am sending my prayers and love.
Condolences to the Hansen family. I met Arnie through his friendship with my dad Clarence Konken. Those two had quite the adventures. They always had some story to tell. Prayers to the family.
Loved you Man , You always had a smile for me every time I saw you wherever we would run into each other.
i have knew Arine hansen since i was a little girl. i will miss him alot. wish i had more time to spend so time. mark and carla are my god parents love you Arine hansen see you on the other side
My sympathy to Arnie's family. Arnie sat at the same table as my dad at Majestic Bluffs & he was quite the character. We are sure going to miss his wit & sense of humor. He was so good for my dad to visit with. I could always kid with Arnie & make him laugh & smile......he will be greatly missed!
On behalf of my children, Dave, Joe and Steve Black and Angela Kralicek and my self, I want you, Arnie's family to know that we are sorry for your loss and we know you will miss him. He lived in my neighborhood on Pearl street many years. He was a good neighbor and a very good Christian man. I pray he rests in our Lords peace.
Marlene (Black) Johnson
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