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Dennis Harold Hansen

Died: Sun., Jan. 11, 2015

Memorial Service

1:00 PM Sun., Jan. 18, 2015
Location: Volmer Lutheran Church

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Florence - A Dagmar Dane, Dennis Harold Hansen, left this world to join the love of his life, Shirley Ann, on January 11, 2015. Dennis was born May 14, 1927 in Grenora, ND to Hans C. and Maria (Jorgensen) Hansen. He joined his sisters, Maybell, Carrie, Lizzie, Gladys, and his brother Alfred, on the family farm in Dagmar. Dennis attended HC Anderson grade school followed by Froid and Medicine Lake high schools. Shirley Ann Eliassen caught his eye while she was playing the saxophone in a little band, the Glow Worms, at Brush Lake in 1949 and he convinced her to marry him on June 14,1950. They thought about continuing west on their honeymoon to do something other than farming but Shirley Ann thought they needed to go back and be close to their families so they returned to the family farm in Dagmar and she became his right hand woman. They were blessed with five children, Randy, Darcie , Rory, Vickie and Julee. They were married for 56 years and what a ride it was! He worked hard on the farm raising wheat, cattle, hogs and in the later years sheep, which actually belonged to Shirley Ann. He did a tremendous amount of custom spraying, swathing and grain hauling. He was a very generous man with both his time and possessions and would go at the drop of a hat to help out a neighbor in need. A favorite part of his workday was when Shirley Ann would bring coffee out to the field and they would visit in the shade of the tractor for 15 minutes. He said “I’m done!” at the of age 78 when that last combine blew up while he was harvesting. Dennis was a member of the Volmer Lutheran Church. The congregation knew that they could count on him to keep the water tank full and the snow plowed out of the yard for many years. He was a 4H leader for many years in the area of electricity. He was also the president of the Moose lodge in Medicine Lake. He loved to drink coffee, visit, and play cards (he counted cards and was a tough one to ever beat). We are confident that a new game of cards has started in heaven with Shirley Ann, and El and Judy Jensen. He loved to have a cold beer on a hot harvest day. Dennis never met a stranger. He would talk to anyone about anything, anytime, anywhere! He also had a passion for new cars and his favorite was the turquoise and white 1968 Ford Galaxy 500. He so enjoyed picnics at Brush Lake with friends and family. He had fun camping in the pickup camper with some of the 4H families and traveling the country with Shirley Ann after those darn kids left home. He also loved his “Sassy” dog, who became his constant companion after Shirley Ann passed away in 2008. We want to thank Ron and Pat Christensen and the coffee gang at Dagmar Central for all the company they were to him when he lived the last years by himself on the farm. Also, thanks to the coffee crew at Glenn’s Café for welcoming him into their group when he moved out to Florence. We also thank Partners Hospice for the care that he received the last weeks of his life. Dennis is preceded in death by his loving wife, Shirley Ann, his parents and all his siblings. He is survived by his children, Randy of Dagmar, Darcie (George) Drabbs of Malta, Rory (Debbie) of Great Falls, Vickie (Jay) Mitman of Florence and Julee (Russell) Guenther of Florence. He has ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Memorials can be made to the Volmer Lutheran Church in Dagmar. Services will be held at the Volmer Lutheran Church on Sunday, January 18th, at 1:00 P.M.

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