Lennis “Lenny” Hansen, of St. Cloud, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at the Talahi Care Center in St. Cloud at the age of 63.
Lennis Dean Hansen was born Nov. 12, 1949 in Pipestone, Minn. Lenny was baptized in a Lutheran church in Woodstock, Minn., and was confirmed in Michigan in 1963.
At four months of age, he and his parents moved to a farm a few miles from Woodstock, where he started country school at the age of five.
The family later moved to Roseville, Mich., where at the age of 11, Lenny worked a paper route and at a store on Saturdays. At the age of 12, Lenny won a spelling bee and a year later won a band scholarship playing trumpet, which consisted of three weeks of music study at the state capitol in Lansing, Mich. By age 14, the family moved to Minnesota and lived on a farm near the city of Day.
Lenny attended high school in Braham.
As a high schooler, Lenny worked at the Grandy 9 Golf Club, and during his senior year got a job with the bakery in Braham. He managed work, chores and school and still made the honor roll and graduated in 1967 at age 17.
Lenny enlisted in the United States Air Force at the age of 18. When Lenny was 20, he returned home on leave to marry Janice Lindell. They moved to Las Vegas, Nev. where Lenny was stationed until he was called to serve in Vietnam his last year in the service. Lenny was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force in April of 1972 as a Sergeant E4. Lenny and Janice had a daughter, Kelly, who was five months old when Lenny returned from over seas. After the service, the family moved to St. Cloud, where Lenny went to college and their son Craig was born.
Lenny worked for the City of Braham for several years. Later, he was a custodian and volunteer aide for the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in St. Cloud.
He enjoyed various hobbies and interests, such as gardening and loved spending quality time with family.
Lenny Hansen is survived by daughter Kelly Witter and husband Steve, of Ramsey; son Craig Hansen and wife Erika, of Braham; grandchildren: Kaitlyne, Cassi, Elizabeth, Cody and Samantha; parents Joyce and Richard Hansen, of Rush City; siblings Laurie Gebert and husband Larry, Bob Hansen, Luanne Hansen-Hochstatter, all of Rush City.
Lenny Hansen is preceded in death by his siblings Ricky, Kathy and Carol Hansen and grandparents Siegfried and Cecelia Hansen, Fred and Florence Dickey.
Reverend Del Schnaidt will officiate at a funeral service; 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Olson Funeral Chapel in Rush City. A time of visitation and reviewal will be held one hour prior to the funeral. The interment will be in the Siloa Lutheran Cemetery at Day, Minn.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Funeral and Cremation Service ~ Olson Chapel of Rush City, www.funeralandcremationservice.com.