Paul Hanson, 1932-2018

Published 1:00 am Thursday, November 15, 2018

Memorial services for Paul W. Hanson will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea. The Rev. John Holt will officiate. Visitation will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday as well as one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Paul Hanson

Paul died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at his home in Albert Lea. He was 86.

Paul William Hanson was born Nov. 1, 1932, in Albert Lea to George W. and Esther L. (Fisher) Hanson, the third of four children. He attended Albert Lea High School and graduated in 1950.

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On May 20, 1966, he was united in marriage to Shirley M. Butler. To this union, three sons were born.

Starting in high school, Paul began work at Montgomery Ward for three or four years. In 1953 he was hired at Queen Products and worked there until 1971. While there, he joined the United Steelworkers local 3539 and served on various committees and as vice president. In May 1971 he accepted an appointment as staff representative with the International Union and served local unions and the membership in Minnesota and north Iowa.

He also served as education coordinator and on the International Civil Rights Committee until his retirement in 1991. He then joined the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees and served as financial secretary of his chapter. During his working life, he was also involved in the DFL and served as a delegate to many county, district and state conventions.

After retirement, his summers were spent at the trailer up north on Leech Lake, where he enjoyed fishing and camp life with family and friends.

He is preceded in death by both parents; and brothers Jack Hanson and Harold “Hody” Hanson.

Paul is survived by his wife of 52 years, Shirley; sons Tom of Albert Lea, David (Rose) of Albert Lea and Bradley (Ann) of Sauk Rapids; grandchildren Jacob, Brielle, Adria and Anthony and his children; great-grandchildren Thalia and Anthony Jr.; sister, Rose Kauffman, of Detroit Lakes; sisters-in-law Joanne Hanson, Gretchen Hanson and Darlene (Gene) Engel; brother-in-law, Chuck (Linda) Butler; as well as many nieces, nephews, in-laws and other loving relatives and friends.

Blessed be his memory.