James Hanson

Published 1:00 am Saturday, November 10, 2018

James Edwin Hanson, 88, passed peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2018.

James Hanson

James was born to James E. and Gertie Hanson under the sign of Leo and raised in southern Minnesota.

He graduated from Albert Lea High School and attended Dunwoody Institute until he was obligated to go into the Korean War. He joined the U.S. Navy and became part of a Seabee construction unit. With the G.I. Bill, he attended the University of Minnesota, graduating from the School of Architecture.

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While attending the University of Minnesota, he married the love of his life, Marj Jensen, and lived in Grove East married student housing.

After acquiring his architecture license he became partner at Miller Hanson Westerbeck Bell Architects, where he primarily worked multi-family housing.

He was led to spend a number of years sailing on Lake Superior, which was relaxing, but sometimes frightful.

After retirement he spent 16 enjoyable years traveling and living in Prescott, Arizona.

Jim and Marj had four delightful children, Michelle Osgar (Jim), Derek (Cindy Dahlen), Kirstin and Kara (Matt Gietzel). The family now includes eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Besides immediate family, Jim is survived by brother, Bob Hanson (Kaye), of Dublin, Ohio; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Nov. 20 at Easter Lutheran Church, 4200 Pilot Knob Road in Eagan, MN 55122.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the donor’s choice.