Earl W. Hanson

FAIRMONT – Earl W. Hanson, age 73, of Fairmont, formerly of Winnebago, died peacefully Saturday, May 31, 2014, at his home.

Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Patton Funeral Home in Blue Earth, with Kris Hanson leading a time of prayer and reflection. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Winnebago.

Visitation time will be one hour prior to services Saturday at Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 400 E. 14th St., in Blue Earth.

Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com

Earl was born Sept. 1, 1940, in Alden, Minn., the son of William and Carrie (Mickelsen) Hanson. Earl attended elementary school in Winnebago. Following a farm accident at age 3, which left him permanently disabled, he lived in Cambridge, Faribault, St. Peter and most recently in Fairmont. The wonderful staff at HSI in Fairmont helped Earl enjoy cheering for the Minnesota Vikings and Twins, his favorite desert, pecan pie, and visiting with his family and friends. He also worked with STEP Inc. for several years.

Earl is survived by his sisters, Shirley (Buster) Hartman of Winnebago, Doris Wood of Wells, Lynne (David) Smith of New Castle, Ind.; brothers, Dennis (Sharon) Hanson of Rochester, Harlan (Judy) Hanson of Vermillion, S.D., Buzz (Pam) Hanson of Blue Earth, and Jerry (Kris) Hanson of Jordan; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a niece, Erin O’Neil; and a brother-in-law, Grant Wood.

Memorial donations are preferred to Hospice or a charity of the donor’s choice.