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1955 James 2022

James Hanson

March 8, 1955 — January 19, 2022

James "Jim" Hanson, 66, died on January 19, 2022, in his home of a heart attack. He was born to James and Donna Lou (Nelson) Hanson on March 8, 1955, in Granite Falls, MN.
Jim grew up in a loving family with two sisters, Carla and Jenifer, in Fairmont, MN. He attended school there until graduation. He loved all sports and excelled at them. He especially loved baseball. After graduation, he went to Indian Hills Jr College in Centerville, IA, to play baseball. He then attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. He taught PE and then went on to coach and teach. He married Jeanne Melick in 1981, and they had two daughters, Nicole and Ashley. Jim and Jeanne raised their girls in Fargo, North Dakota. Many of those years were spent at the lake, golfing and coaching. He supported their children in their activities.
He followed in his father’s footsteps, working at Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa as a State Supervisor until his retirement. Upon retirement, he moved to Phillips, WI to be closer to his family. He enjoyed meat raffles at the local bowling alley, golfing, spending time with friends and family. He was a proud grandfather to Austin and Brynn Nelson and Hunter and Ryder Raskie. He was always so proud of his family and his life was an expression of his love.
He is survived by his daughters, Nicole (Eric) Nelson, Ashley Raskie and their mother, Jeanne; grandchildren, Austin and Brynn Nelson and Hunter and Ryder Raskie; his sister, Jenifer (Mike) Klein; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Carla.
A Memorial Service will be held on January 28, 2022, at 1 p.m. at the Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church, 101 North Main Street Hanley Falls, MN 56245. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. until the start of the service. Heindl-Nimsgern Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Memorial cards for the family may be sent to:
The Hanson Family
15851 Saint Andrews Lane
Ramsey, MN 55303

The most comforting thing for us is for you to share a memory of my dad. We are finding so much comfort in the memories and that would be appreciated more than anything else you do for us

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Friday, January 28, 2022

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Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church

101 Main Street, Hanley Falls, MN 56245

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