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Wesley Hanson

Wesley Alan Hanson, 69, Spirit Lake, Iowa, died Friday, July 3, 2020, at Avera McKenna Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Wesley Alan Hanson was born October 6, 1950, at Devils Lake, ND to Ever and Alta (Lunden) Hanson.  He graduated from Oberon High School in 1968.  He attended and graduated from the University of North Dakota (UND) Grand Forks, ND.

He taught school in Grandin.  Wes held many jobs and for the last years was employed by Rydell Chevrolet in Spirit Lake, Iowa.

Wes enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.  Wes made and kept friends from all aspects of his life from childhood, school, college, work, and communities.  He had a love for sports at all levels and attended as many events as he could.  Wes will forever be known for his stories, jokes, kindness and generosity. There was never a quiet time when Wes was around.

He is survived by his sisters, Diane Brines, Dickinson and Wendy Church, Devils Lake, brother, Tiger (Alan) Hanson, Oberon, one niece, four nephews, four great nieces, five great nephews, and a great-great niece and nephew.

Wes was preceded in death by his parents, his step-mother, Bernice, brother, Oley and brother-in-law, James Brines.

 

Visitation will be Thursday, July 9, 2020 from 12:00-7:00PM with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM all at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford, ND.

Funeral Service will be held Friday, July 10, 2020, at 2:00 PM at Calvary Lutheran Church, Oberon, ND.

Burial will be in Grandfield Lutheran Cemetery, rural Sheyenne, North Dakota

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26 Comments

  1. My sympathy to the families of Wes. I met Wes after the Rydell Company purchased the dealership in Norfolk Ne that I was working at. I instantly liked that man’s energy!! A man that made a big impact with whomever he met and he will truly be missed by the Rydell family of Dealerships as well as many many more people.

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  2. Wes was a great friend to so many people! He was so much fun! I last saw him when he was working in Santa Fe, NM. He gave our three grandsons a ride in a convertible. They’re still talking about it!

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  3. Wes will be missed by many, my heartfelt sympathies go to all of his family. I was able to call Wes many things in the nearly 25 years that I knew him…boss, friend, and mentor. Wes was always available for advise when needed and always had a good message whether professionally or personally for me. I know that I am a better person for having known Wes Hanson. The memories and stories I have of Wes will live forever. Rest easy Bucko……

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  4. Our deepest condolences to all the family. Wes will always be remembered for the kind and generous person he was.
    Arlowe Hulett and Family

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  5. Wes spent a number of years here in Laramie, Wyoming after being hired to manage the Laramie GM Auto Center. Wes was a friend to so many people here in Wyoming and maintained many of those friendships longer after he moved away. He was a tremendous fan and supporter of the Wyoming Cowboys and Cowgirls and rarely missed a ball game. They simply don’t come any better than Wes Hanson. He will be dearly missed by many here in Wyoming. RIP my friend.

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  6. May Wes have eternal peace and joy with our loving God. His legacy lives on today.
    Fr. Tim Bushy

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  7. So sad to hear of Mr. Hanson’s passing. I remember him as my Drama club director in high school, his sense of humor, and he had the kind of laugh that carried through out the school and with out a doubt you knew who it was! Such a fun teacher!
    Prayers to family and may you Rest In Peace.

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  8. Wes was always in my corner and had my best interests at heart. I will miss his knowledge and kindness everyday.

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  9. Diane, Wendy, and Tiger: My deepest condolences for the too-soon loss of Wes. He will always have a very special place in my memory from our life-long friendship. We have all been very fortunate to know one of the kindest, caring, and simply lovable guys possible. He was always a great and true friend, and I will keep and share many close memories along with so many people who he touched over the years with his laughter, the best conversations and enjoyable times together. Wes will be greatly missed by so many, but always fondly remembered.

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  10. Wes was my mentor my second dad and my best friend and I will miss him greatly. He was so influential in my life and the way I conduct my business. My almost daily phone calls talking about everything between sports, cars and some politics Will also be missed. He influenced so many people in his life and was such a great man. I’m so sorry for the family’s loss but just know this he will never be forgotten.

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  11. Wes was a great mentor to me – early on in my career with Universal Underwriters and the Zurich Insurance Group. We spent a lot of time together in the mid-90’s; and he always went out of his way to help me and his other employees achieve our career goals. My insurance career would not be where it is today without his help. What a knowledgeable guy and a great teacher he was. He knew almost every new car dealer in the states of ND, SD, MN and WI; and there weren’t many dealerships that we walked into that someone on the sales floor – where someone didn’t call him by name. He was quite the character, and yet, he was always a true professional and gentleman. He will most certainly be missed by many.

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  12. Wes was one of a kind! They don’t make them like him anymore. He made a huge impact on me and my sons the short time we had with him. He will be missed!

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  13. My condolences to the family. Wes was a best friend, mentor and second father to me. I would not be where I’m at in my life without him. He was such an influence in everything I did in my personal and professional life. I will miss his sometimes daily phone calls about business, sports or whatever was on his or our minds. I will miss him so much! He influenced so many people where ever he went and was the life of the party! I wouldn’t be where I’m at without Wes Hanson in my life. He will be missed and never forgotten and my deepest condolences to the family

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  14. My deepest sympathy in the death of Wes. What a fun guy and always ready for a phone call I will always fondly remember Wes and his love for all of that life had to offer.

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  15. Dear Wes … We started our Journey as acquaintances, which quickly evolved into good friends, then extended family status … and ultimately “Family”. As my work colleague, you taught me more than I can ever retain, yet utilization of your basics have bode well for me in my sales career. Wes, you brought me into the fold of your countless friendships, as we shared hundreds of experiences together. Indeed, I am fortuned to be considered one of your many “Bucko’s”. Wes, you’ve been witness to my many failures as well as assisted in my successes. Your unending support and generous giving’s are reflected upon with the greatest appreciation. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers, and continue to extend invitations for you to join in our gatherings. You will be sorely missed, yet never forgotten. Wes, your impact on me and my family is unparalleled and forever cherished. Take Care My Friend and “Uncle Wes”, for now may you be in Gods Kingdom and Reunited with Many :). Love Ya, Pal …

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  16. I was very saddened to hear about the loss of Wes. He was integral in my life as he recommended me to follow his path during his career with Universal Underwriters Insurance Company. We had a great relationship and a few friendly disputes about the quality of the North Dakota sports teams in Grand Forks and Fargo. He will be missed by many.

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  17. I met Wes a few years ago, since I retired from teaching, and took up transporting cars for Okoboji Motor Company. Had some really neat conversations, on the road, and considered him a good friend. I, as well as many others, will miss his smiling face. Rest in peace, Wes.

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  18. My condolences to the family. Thoughts and prayers sent your way.

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  19. Very sad to see Wes’s obituary. We spent many hours together during our younger days. Seeing Wes Hanson always brought a smile to my face. Although I hadn’t seen him for many years, I have always felt a soul connection with him. My sympathy to his family.

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  20. I was very sorry to hear about Wes’s passing. He was an all-time classic who could light up a room and bring a smile to every face! I can still hear that voice!! RIP Wes!

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  21. I remember Wes from our years of playing darts at Duffy’s Tavern in Fargo, where he would kick our butts on a regular basis. He was a good friend to many people, and will be greatly missed. RIP Wes.

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  22. ‘𝕌𝕟𝕔𝕝𝕖’ 𝕎𝕖𝕤, 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕓𝕖𝕖𝕟 ‘𝕗𝕒𝕞𝕚𝕝𝕪’ 𝕤𝕚𝕟𝕔𝕖 𝕕𝕒𝕪 𝕠𝕟𝕖. ℍ𝕒𝕣𝕕 𝕥𝕠 𝕡𝕦𝕥 𝕚𝕟𝕥𝕠 𝕨𝕠𝕣𝕕𝕤 𝕨𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕒 𝕙𝕦𝕘𝕖 𝕚𝕞𝕡𝕒𝕔𝕥 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕙𝕒𝕕 𝕠𝕟 𝕞𝕪 𝕝𝕚𝕗𝕖. 𝔸𝕤 𝕀 𝕝𝕠𝕠𝕜 𝕓𝕒𝕔𝕜 𝕠𝕟 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕞𝕚𝕝𝕖𝕤𝕥𝕠𝕟𝕖𝕤 𝕠𝕗 𝕓𝕚𝕣𝕥𝕙𝕕𝕒𝕪𝕤, 𝕘𝕣𝕒𝕕𝕦𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟𝕤, 𝕨𝕖𝕕𝕕𝕚𝕟𝕘𝕤, 𝕙𝕠𝕝𝕚𝕕𝕒𝕪𝕤, 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕨𝕖𝕣𝕖 𝕒𝕝𝕨𝕒𝕪𝕤 𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕣𝕖. 𝔸𝕝𝕨𝕒𝕪𝕤. 𝕆𝕗𝕥𝕖𝕟 𝕞𝕒𝕜𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕒 𝕝𝕠𝕟𝕘 𝕛𝕠𝕦𝕣𝕟𝕖𝕪 𝕥𝕠 𝕒𝕥𝕥𝕖𝕟𝕕 𝕒𝕟𝕪 𝕠𝕔𝕔𝕒𝕤𝕚𝕠𝕟. 𝕖𝕩𝕒𝕔𝕥𝕝𝕪 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕤 𝕥𝕚𝕞𝕖 𝕝𝕒𝕤𝕥 𝕪𝕖𝕒𝕣 𝕒𝕥 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕗𝕒𝕞𝕚𝕝𝕪 𝕔𝕒𝕓𝕚𝕟, 𝕐𝕠𝕦 𝕙𝕒𝕕 𝕞𝕒𝕕𝕖 𝕒 𝟝 𝕙𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕕𝕣𝕚𝕧𝕖 (𝕖𝕒𝕔𝕙 𝕨𝕒𝕪), 𝕛𝕦𝕤𝕥 𝕥𝕠 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕝𝕦𝕟𝕔𝕙 𝕨𝕚𝕥𝕙 𝕦𝕤. “𝕋𝕙𝕒𝕥’𝕤 𝕛𝕦𝕤𝕥 𝕨𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕎𝕖𝕤 𝕕𝕠𝕖𝕤!”
    𝕋𝕙𝕒𝕟𝕜 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝕤𝕙𝕠𝕨𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕦𝕤 𝕨𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕦𝕟𝕔𝕠𝕟𝕕𝕚𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟𝕒𝕝 𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕖 𝕨𝕒𝕤 𝕒𝕝𝕝 𝕒𝕓𝕠𝕦𝕥. 𝕐𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕖𝕟𝕕𝕝𝕖𝕤𝕤 𝕤𝕦𝕡𝕡𝕠𝕣𝕥 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕞𝕠𝕥𝕚𝕧𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕨𝕠𝕣𝕕𝕤 𝕨𝕚𝕝𝕝 𝕗𝕠𝕣𝕖𝕧𝕖𝕣 𝕖𝕔𝕙𝕠 𝕚𝕟 𝕞𝕪 𝕥𝕙𝕠𝕦𝕘𝕙𝕥𝕤. 𝕄𝕪 𝕙𝕖𝕒𝕣𝕥 𝕒𝕔𝕙𝕖𝕤 𝕥𝕠 𝕟𝕠𝕥 𝕓𝕖 𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕣𝕖 (ℕ𝕠𝕣𝕥𝕙 𝔻𝕒𝕜𝕠𝕥𝕒) 𝕥𝕠 𝕔𝕖𝕝𝕖𝕓𝕣𝕒𝕥𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕝𝕚𝕗𝕖 𝕥𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕥𝕠𝕦𝕔𝕙𝕖𝕕 𝕤𝕠 𝕞𝕒𝕟𝕪! 𝕎𝕖𝕤, 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕚𝕟𝕗𝕖𝕔𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕦𝕤 𝕝𝕒𝕦𝕘𝕙 𝕨𝕚𝕝𝕝 𝕓𝕖 𝕗𝕠𝕣𝕖𝕧𝕖𝕣 𝕣𝕖𝕞𝕖𝕞𝕓𝕖𝕣𝕖𝕕 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕘𝕖𝕟𝕦𝕚𝕟𝕖𝕝𝕪 𝕜𝕚𝕟𝕕 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕘𝕖𝕟𝕖𝕣𝕠𝕦𝕤 𝕟𝕒𝕥𝕦𝕣𝕖 𝕀 𝕨𝕚𝕝𝕝 𝕤𝕥𝕣𝕚𝕧𝕖 𝕥𝕠 𝕔𝕒𝕣𝕣𝕪 𝕠𝕟 𝕨𝕚𝕥𝕙 𝕞𝕪 𝕜𝕚𝕕𝕤. 𝕀 𝕞𝕚𝕤𝕤 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕤𝕠 𝕞𝕦𝕔𝕙 𝕒𝕝𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕𝕪. 𝔽𝕝𝕪 𝕙𝕚𝕘𝕙, 𝕌𝕟𝕔𝕝𝕖 𝕎𝕖𝕤, 𝕣𝕖𝕤𝕥 𝕖𝕒𝕤𝕪 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝔾𝕠 𝕌ℕ𝔻! 💚

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  23. Diane, Wendy and Tiger, my heartfelt sympathy to you for the loss of your brother, Wes. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

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  24. So sorry to hear about Wes’ passing. I shared lots of time with Wes at his regular hangout of Duffy’s in Fargo. Lots of darts, laughs and conversations. RiP Wes!

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  25. Dear Wes, So sorry to see that you have passed. My family and myself were so fortunate to have a friend like you! How I wish I could have had one more conversation with you. Wes you always brought things to the table when it came to advice and I was one who cherished you insights. We all did, you left a tremendous influence upon our family and extended family. Spending time with you at my brother Steve and Patty’s home and at their cabin with us gave us great memories. One of my greatest memories in which I was so honored is when you and Steve came to the NDAC wrestling championships to watch me in the finals. I was so grateful that you would come with Steve to watch and encourage me. The are are so many moments ….so many times that you encouraged all of us. Wes…you left an image upon my heart…and I was grateful to be one of your Bucko’s! You will be missed and never forgotten. Fly high my friend. Diane, Wendy, and Tiger…God bless you!

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  26. Diane, Wendy, and Tiger. I am so sorry to hear of Wesley’s passing. It has been years since I have seen Wes but I have so many great memories of Wes and all the times our families spent together. My heart goes out to you!

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