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ROLAND DUANE HANSON

May 5, 1931 - June 20, 2014

Roland was born on May 5, 1931 to Halfdan and Dora (Bucholz) Hanson at the Eggebrooten farm 1mile north of Canton and spent most of his youth on the Hanson family farm 1.5 miles north of Canton before his family moved to Canton. Roland graduated from Canton High School in 1949.
Roland and Carole Schneekloth were married on February 24, 1956 at the Presbyterian Church in Canton and made their home in Canton.
Roland served in the army from 1952-1954 and was stationed in France for part of his service.
Roland was proud of owning his family farm and was at heart a farmer who cared for the land and the animals that were raised there.
Roland owned and operated Roland Hanson Milk Hauler and hauled milk in the area for 24 years. He then was employed by Prosper Lumber Company for 24 years. In retirement he worked as a farm laborer always enjoying planting and harvesting the crops
Roland’s faith was of great importance to him and he was a lifelong member of the Canton Scotland Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder, deacon, and usher and presbytery commissioner. He was a member of I.O.O.F. Lodge for twenty years. He served on the Canton School Board and later on the Mabel-Canton School Board. He served as mayor of Canton, was a director of the Granger Creamery and of the Fillmore County Historical Society. His membership in the Canton Legion Post was of great importance to him.
Roland loved to play cards, bowl with his family and Tuesday night teammates. Roland had a special love for horses and always had ponies or horses around the farm, he especially enjoyed the draft teams he owned and the opportunity to go for a wagon ride. Roland loved the years that he used his team to deliver Santa to Canton then giving wagon or sleigh rides to help bring the spirit of Christmas to Canton.
Roland passed away on Friday June 20, 2014 at Gundersen Medical Center La Crosse Wisconsin.
Roland is survived by his wife Carole and their six children; Cindy (Steve) Sanchez of Wharton Texas, Doug (Heidi) of Harmony Minnesota, Allen (Sandy) of Preston Minnesota, Jane Hall (Todd Lancaster) of Canton Minnesota, Morris (Laryssa) of Canton Minnesota and Kate (Jack) Opalinski of Danbury Connecticut, 16 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren and many relatives that he always enjoyed spending time with.
Roland was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Raymond and Henry and his sisters Elaine and Dorothy.
Visitation and memorial service will be held at the Canton-Scotland Presbyterian Church of Canton. Visitation will be on Friday June 27, 2014 from 4-7p.m and one hour prior to services.  Memorial service will be at 11a.m. on Saturday June 28, 2014 with military rites to follow.  Interment will be at the Prosper Cemetery. 
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting memorials directed to the Canton-Scotland Presbyterian Church or the Prosper Cemetery Association

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