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Kenneth Hanson

December 19, 1955 — October 8, 2020

Kenneth Miles Hanson, age 64, of Fosston, MN passed away peacefully in his home on Thursday, October 8th. He will be remembered for his unwavering faith in the Lord through many trials, his love and attention he gave others, and his good ole' farm humor. He "fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith" (2 Timonthy 4:7). A visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00pm on Tuesday, October 13th, at Bethel Assembly in Fosston, MN and a Celebration of Life gathering will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, October 14th, at Bethel Assembly with Pastor Seth Johnson officiating. All are welcome to attend, but there will also be a livestream for those who are not able to. Arrangements are with Carlin Family Funeral Service of Fosston and livestream information can be found at www.carlinfuneral.com.Ken was born in Fosston, MN to Reuben and Christine Hanson and grew up on the family farm in Trail, MN with his nine siblings. As a young boy, he went to a one-room country school, Oakland School, just a few miles from the farm from Grades 1-6. For high school, he rode the bus into town and attended Fosston High School where he ran track and participated in wrestling. When he was not at school, he was often found helping his dad on the farm. He milked cows, baled hay, picked rocks in the fields, and more. He was strong, worked hard, and loved farming.After graduating from Fosston High School in 1974, Ken continued to work on the farm with his dad for several years. In early 1989, he met Renae Sheridan at Handy Farms Restaurant in Thief River Falls. A month later they were engaged and then married on September 3, 1989 at Thief River Falls Assembly of God. Following the wedding, they lived by Trail, MN where they renovated an old farmhouse with help from numerous people. God blessed them with five wonderful sons. Ken continued to work on the family farm with his dad and various other farmers.Ken faithfully attended his church, Bethel Assembly, every Sunday and was involved with Royal Rangers for many years. He loved working with the boys and enjoyed going on many outings and campouts with them. Later on, he joined FCF (Frontiersmen Camping Fellowship) where he was known as Smack the Knife because of his excellent throwing knife skills.Ken also loved Sand Hill Lake Bible Camp and was involved with it since it started. He loved it when he was younger and as an adult he volunteered many hours working at the camp. He assisted camp manager Don Van Klompenburg in building the pavilion and addition to the chalet. He also helped with shingling, pouring sidewalks, cutting down trees, and various other projects.Ken loved fishing, hunting, playing Rook and farming. As a young boy, he would often spend his summers out on the lake catching fish from the shore. During deer hunting season, he would be out in the deer stand early mornings. He taught his boys to hunt and fish so they grew up with a love for outdoor activities. In his last few years, he enjoyed a bountiful harvest in the garden at his home. But most of all, he loved his family and God.Ken struggled with his health for many years and was close to death many times. But God spared him and graciously allowed him more years. 2015 was a tough year for him, starting in January with an open heart surgery that kept him in a hospital and nursing home for months. Then he went on dialysis followed by another open heart surgery in August. To finish off the year, in December, he had his leg amputated. He was very open about sharing his faith and what God had done for him with doctors, nurses and anybody who stopped by.Ken was a devoted follower of Christ. He became a Christian at a young age and was baptized as a teenager. He shared testimonies of God's goodness in his life with everyone he met and was quick to pray with others. When he was not in the hospital, he faithfully attended church every Sunday up until his death. Ken is survived by his wife of 31 years Renae; his sons Reuben Solomon (Rebekah) of Saint Paul, MN, Gabriel of Minneapolis, MN, Kalieb of Roseville, MN, Levi of Bemidji, MN, and Noah of Fosston, MN; his granddaughter Lydia; his mother Christine Hanson of Trail, MN; his siblings Miriam (Ken) Buchanan of Mentor, MN, Jeannie Hill of Farmington, MN, Elaine (Don) Swenson of Plymouth, MN, Mary (Joseph) Walsh of Tacoma, WA, Mark (Dawniss) Hanson of Karlstad, MN, Laura (Evan) Jacobsen of Prior Lake, MN, Linda (Peder) Jacobsen of Burnsville, MN, Gordon (Gina) Hanson of Minot, ND, Emily (Jerry) Hanson of Brooklyn Park, MN; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, David and Janice Sheridan of Thief River Falls, MN, his sister-in-law RaeLynn Sheridan of Brooklyn Park, MN, his brother-in-law Tim (Anne) Sheridan of Oak Park Heights, MN, his sister-in-law Tammy (Kenny) Stevenson of East Grand Forks, MN, and his brother-in-law Scott Sheridan of Thief River Falls, MN; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Reuben Seeger Hanson; and grandparents CarlVera Hanson, Joseph and Margaret Matson, Allen and Alice Teigland, and Linton and Grace Sheridan.

Visitation

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bethel Assembly Church
34647 410th St. SE Fosston 56542, United States

Funeral Service

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 11:00 AM
Bethel Assembly Church
34647 410th St. SE Fosston 56542, United States
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