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Rueben Hanson

June 19, 1930-April 28, 2009

Former Wolf Lake resident Rueben C. Hanson, 78, of Frazee, died Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at his home, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Rueben Charles Hanson was born to Hans and Selma (Halvorson) Hanson on June 19, 1930, near Ulen. He attended country school near Hitterdal and, in 1938, his family moved to Glyndon, Minn., where he also attended school. He worked on a farm for his aunt and uncle near Gibbon, Minn., from 1946-48. Rueben then moved back to Glyndon, where he worked on construction jobs. He also worked at Newday Seeds in Fargo, and at a gravel business in Moorhead.

Rueben married Ruth Pihlaja on July 26, 1952 in Glyndon, where they made their home until 1959, when they moved to a farm near Wolf Lake. Reuben did general farming and hauled gravel until retiring in 1992. He and Ruth sold the farm in 2003 and moved to Vergas. In 2006, they moved to Frazee.

Rueben was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church in Wolf Lake, where he served on the church council for many years. He served as a member of the Wolf Lake Volunteer Fire Department; as a director for the Wolf Lake-Menahga Cooperative Board and served on the Wolf Lake Township Board.

He loved fishing, hunting and traveling -- especially to the mountains. He also loved driving tractor for his special friend, David Yliniemi during the summer months. He was an avid fan of the Wolf Lake Baseball Team and attended several state tournaments in which they played. He treasured his family and liked to spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving Rueben are his wife, Ruth Hanson of Frazee; two daughters, Ruby (Greg) Schmid of Vergas and Diane (Dutch) Hasskamp of Aitkin, Minn.; son, Randy (Janine) Hanson of Rochert; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and his sister, Mavis Bergley and her special friend, Bob of Sun City, Calif.

Preceding Rueben in death were his parents; five brothers; and one sister.

Friends may call between 4 and 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 at the David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes; there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to Friday's services at the church.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, May 1 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Snellman, with the Rev. John Ramsbacher officiating. Interment will be in the Snellman Cemetery. Memorials are preferred sent to Hospice Of The Red River Valley. The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family. Memories of Rueben may be shared online at