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Ralph J. Hanson


Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Retired Sgt. Major Ralph Jesse Hanson was born in Preston, Minn. on September 5, 1942 to the late Ralph H. & Francis J. (Shaw) Hanson. He graduated from Preston High School in June 1961 and enlisted in the U.S. Army on June 12, 1961. He retired from the Army May 31, 1991.

He served two tours in Vietnam and 17 years in Europe in many installations and units. He also served in five installations in the U.S. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal on June 28, 1967.

He married Gudrun M. Hannelore of Germany on November 12, 1987 in Petersburg, Va. After retiring from the Army they moved to & made their home in Petersburg, Va.

He is survived by his loving wife, Gudrun M.H. Hanson of Petersburg; son Thomas E. Hanson of Denmark; daughter Monica A. Hanson of Denmark; two grandchildren, Emma & Oliver Hanson of Denmark; three sisters Carolyn M. Weber of Byron, Minn.; Shirley A. Walderon of Knoxville, Iowa; Betty L. Snitker of Jamestown, N.D. and many nieces & nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ralph & Frances Hanson; sisters Phyllis, Donna (Hanson) Gerard and Lorraine; brothers Robert L. Hanson and infant brother; two nieces Cynthia (Linaman) Smith and Shelley R. Weber.

A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Petersburg, Va. with Pastor Paul Christian officiating. Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. at a later date.

Arrangements were by the Petersburg Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory of Petersonburg.

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