Selmer Hanson
  • 86 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 19, 1925
  • Place of birth:
    Minot, North Dakota, United States
  • Date of passing: Jan 19, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
Our family would like to thank all of you who have visited this site, and those who have contributed to it. We thank all who attended the memorial service and all who have shared in our lives, our loss, and our memories of our beloved.

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Selmer Eugene Hanson.

Born on February 19, 1925 in Minot North Dakota, to Eugene and Sena Hanson. He was the 6th of 8 children.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Justin, Harold, Eunice, Marion, Helen and Bernard,  son David, and grand-daughter Grace.

He is survived by his wife Doris, sister Ardys (Gilbert), children Cheryl, Douglas (Linda), Dennis (Jan), Thomas (Carol), Gregory (Sandy), and Bette, 13 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Selmer was orphaned at the age of 6, and was taken in by his great-uncle Tom Beaverson and family. He later went to live with his sister Ardys at the home of Henry and Selma Bartz. He graduated from Downing High School in 1942.

He joined the Army Air Corps in 1943, and was a turret gunner in the B-24 bomber, and flew more than 50 missions over Europe during the latter part of WWII. He was stationed in North Africa and Italy, and was awarded 5 Oak Clusters.

After his military service, he attended Chicago School of Science & Technolgy in Chicago Illinois, and earned an Associates degree in Electronics.

He met Doris Sirotiak from Boyceville, WI at a dance in 1948. They were married in 1952, in Stillwater, MN. 

He was hired by Honeywell Corp in 1950, where he worked until he retired in 1985.

Selmer & Doris made a home in Shoreview, MN where they raised seven children. Son David passed away at the age of 2 years, in 1958.

During his early family days he was involved in the Civil Defense Corps and the church softball team. Later he was heavily involved in boy scouts, where he served as a district leader, and enjoyed many of the activities. He was a little league baseball coach for several years and was involved with the PTA at Turtle Lake Elementary School. He spent many hours driving his children to many sporting events, and was a great fan.

Hobbies included: gardening, wood working, rope making, canoeing, camping, home remodeling, and small engine repair.

Selmer retired in 1985 and moved with his wife to Downing, Wi in 1985 where they built an earth sheltered home. During retirement he enjoyed golfing, bowling, wood working, tapping Maple trees for syrup, darts, and helping his children with home repairs.

He was known for his outgoing personality, funny stories, and his love of the annual Hanson family reunion every August.

He began the "long goodbye" when he started to exhibit the effects of Alzheimer's disease around the turn of the century. Selmer was cared for by his loving wife, and spent the last year of his life at St. Anthony Park Home, where he received compassionate and excellent care. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on January 19, 2012.

We'd love to hear your fond remembrances and favorite stories of Selmer.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Kristy Hanson on 19th January 2016

"I love still receiving this reminder of my wonderful, happy Uncle Selmer. I still have his wood carvings in my home.  A paper towel holder, napkin holder.  I remember him visiting me in La Quinta with Tom.  Always a joy to talk too."

This tribute was added by Kristy Hanson on 20th January 2015

"Thank you so much Greg for keeping these thoughts on this website through the years. It is so wonderful to read and re-read the special memories of our Dad's, Mom's, aunts and uncles lives. They shared a special bond that has been passed down to all of us cousins, brothers and sisters. My personal memories grow stronger of the years we shared with them and I always smile."

This tribute was added by Greg Hanson on 19th January 2015

"It has been three years since Dad has passed. A lot has changed since then, especially with Mom selling the WI home and moving to Mounds View. Dad is still missed, but has left his legacy in all of his children grandchildren and now great grandchildren. It's funny that I never could see that I looked like him until after he had passed. I've been hearing it more and more, and now I'm seeing it in the mirror. Dad is at peace and we all are left with our memories of him - I hope that you have many fond ones!"

This tribute was added by Kristy Hanson on 24th January 2014

"Remembering my Uncle always brings a smile to my face. He and my Dad could laugh so hard at their own jokes!
Their teasing was constant. My Dad loved his brothers and sisters and while he lived away from Wisconsin much of his adult life he always called his home where his family lived. I miss them both but hear their voices even more clearly from the other side. What a blessing to have had my Uncle Selmer share so much about my Dad and share his own life stories with me as he got older.  I miss them both but they are forever in my thoughts and heart."

This tribute was added by Greg Hanson on 19th January 2014

"Time is flying by; I can hardly believe that it has been 2 years since Dad's passing. Life goes on and we get caught up in the busy-ness of our own families and activities, but I enjoy coming back to this website and reminiscing about Dad and my memories of him and our family growing up. As time goes on it seems that it is mostly the best memories that last the longest. It gives me a renewed resolve to rise above the day-to-day sameness of life and try to make new memories with those  that I love."

This tribute was added by Orren Lee on 29th March 2013

"A tribute well earned! I want to offer condolences on behalf of the 781st Bomb Squadron. Although the families loss is the greatest, we share your loss for he was a fellow member of the 781st. Orren lee, President of the 781st BS Association."

This tribute was added by Kristy Hanson on 19th February 2013

"I miss my Dad and Uncle Selmer and love seeing the photos that remind me of their lives.  They were so alike in many ways.  I know they are having the time of their lives now!  A joke or two or three changing hands. . .:)"

This tribute was added by Greg Hanson on 19th January 2013

"A year ago today Dad left this life for the next.  I am reminded of him every day - I only have to look in the mirror to see him. I also see him in my children.  Life has a business all on its own , but I love to visit this site and remember my Dad with a sweet sorrow, knowing that I'll not see him again until I reach the other side. I hope that this site brings you fond memories of Dad."

This tribute was added by MIldred Severseike on 19th January 2013

"Thinking of you today, Greg, Sandy, Sophie and Seth.  I was blessed to get to know Selmer, and am grateful of how he served the country and raised a wonderful family that I can count as friends. May you be at peace today! Mildred, Jeff, David, Ben, Elissa"

This tribute was added by doug hanson on 19th January 2013

"You have been out of our lives for one year already, I have thought of you many times.  You left a painful void in many hearts but we have found comfort in each other.


This tribute was added by PAT OSTMOE on 19th January 2013

"Think of you often dear uncle--you brightened  many a day for me. Love you always."

This tribute was added by doug hanson on 29th June 2012

"Dear Friends,
Please go to the gallery tab at the top of the page and click on video.  You can see a video of the internment service that was held on Wednesday June 27th at Bethany Cemetery.  Please leave a note for the family if you have enjoyed your visit to this site."

This tribute was added by Doris Hanson on 15th May 2012

"Happy anniversary Honey, Today would have been our 60th wedding anniversary. Seems like just yesterday,  the years pass so quickly. love and miss you so very much, see you soon in a better place with our savior were we will all be young again."

This tribute was added by PAT OSTMOE on 18th February 2012

"I remember when Selmer lived with us for a time and shared a bedroom with my brother. It was so exciting for me to have a " fun uncle" to play and kid around with. He gave me many great memories of his smiling ,joking ways. Can't forget all those Norweign jokes! Will pass them along."

This tribute was added by PAT OSTMOE on 18th February 2012

"Remembering my dear sweet uncle's birthday today--love and miss him always."

This tribute was added by Janice Joyce on 29th January 2012

"What a beautiful tribune to a wonderful person. My parents, Hubert & Lucille LLoyd and I spent many family get-togethers with Bob & Lorraine Trulen. We had many visits with Doris & Selmer and the family at these visits. He was such a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. Thank You for sharing his life story with me. May you find comfort in the beauitful and lasting memories of Selmer."

This tribute was added by Craig Formoe on 28th January 2012

"My fondest memories of Uncle Selmer were formed in my childhood during the great Sunday dinners and family get-togethers at Grandma and Grandpa Sirotiak's. I vividly remember to this day sitting in the living room and listing to Uncles Selmer, Bob T.,  Bob P., Grandpa Sirotiak and my dad talk about the "old days".  I dearly miss those days and those that have gone to Heaven before us."

This tribute was added by Janell Newcomb on 27th January 2012

"I remember when I was a kid and we all got together at Grandpa and Grandma's house in the summer or over the holidays.  The house (and yard) were filled with Uncles, Aunts, and cousins.  There was always lots of food, laughter, and love.  I remember Uncle Selmer's special sense of humor.  I will miss him.  Janell"

This tribute was added by martha moody on 27th January 2012

"This is a very extra special website!!  It makes it possible for all of
the people far away to send some very heartfelt sympathy to ALL of
the Hanson family.  My special prayers are with all of you and may God bless!"

This tribute was added by Renee Spitzer on 27th January 2012

"This is a beautiful memorial! Brings tears and laughter. I will always remember Selmer's great sense of humor and generosity.  He gave me a dieffenbachia plant 33 years ago, and it is the only plant that I can keep alive.  Every time I walk by it, I think of Selmer.  Lately, I added a prayer too."

This tribute was added by carol geier on 25th January 2012

"I have so many wonderful memories of my dear uncle. I only wish I could have been  with him  more in his last  years.He was like a big brother to me as he lived with us during my teenage years. we had  some fun times.
Hope to see u and mom(Eunice) again on the other side
Love   CarolAnn"

This tribute was added by Susan Nelson on 25th January 2012

"I am only one of Uncle Selmer's "favorite nieces" - but I always felt so loved by him with one of his hugs and a kiss on the cheek! Memories of my childhood included SO many things - like pushing on the mole on his forehead and he would say "ZAP!" I will miss him SO much but know we will see him again in heaven and he is at peace now with God."

This tribute was added by Sandy Hanson on 23rd January 2012

"Selmer has been a sweet caring father, fatherinlaw, and grandfather. Very supportive and loving through the years. It was difficult to see him fight through this illness for many years. Even though he lost his memory these past years, his personality would still come through with a funny Selmer gesture or reach out and gently hold your face with his big hands. We will enjoy the memories!"

This tribute was added by Karan Boddy on 23rd January 2012

"We first met Selmer and Doris in 1988 when their son Greg propossed to our daughter Sandy. It has been a blessing to meet the family through the years, and share Grandchildren with Selmer and Doris.  Selmer was an expert woodworker and made us 3 beautiful oak benches to match a table.  Our memories are sweet. See you in heaven Selmer.  Bob and Karan Boddy"

This tribute was added by LaVonne Harrer on 22nd January 2012

"I will always be grateful to Selmer and Doris for welcoming me to their home when I first moved to the Twin Cities after college.  I have fond memories of wonderful meals in the spacious back yard, watching Greg play hockey, helping Cheri keep her brothers in line, etc. Uncle Selmer was one of a kind and he has been missed.."

This tribute was added by Bobbie Dunn on 22nd January 2012

"Selmer was so fun to spend time with, and I still have the wooden teddy bears that he made for me! He always seemed to have a smile, compliment, and story to tell, and I will always remember those things! Rest in peace Selmer!"

This tribute was added by Darlene Hanson on 21st January 2012

"Thanks for putting up this website.  Selmer was such a wonderful man to so many people and also "stole the hearts" of many too; including mine.  I am very sad now, but will be smiling whenever I think of him. Because I could never help but smile whenever I saw him, cause of his funny stories and how he enjoyed teasing me; which always made me smile/laugh.  I will miss him.       Darlene"

This tribute was added by David Bartz on 21st January 2012

"Selmer will always have a place in my heart as a dear older friend that I learned a lot from. His faith and love for his wife Doris and his family and friends is something we all need. He was also one of my dad's dear friends having grown up together. His loss will hurt for awhile but we can rest assured that he is in a better place where he will someday greet us with open arms."

This tribute was added by Joan Brown on 21st January 2012

"Greg and Sandy, this tribute is beautiful. Your dad led a life with more than it's share of trouble, yet he triumphed and overcame, blessing his family with his love and big smiles! Thanks for sharing his life story with us. May you find the Lord Jesus' comfort in the days and months to come."

This tribute was added by Patricia Melius on 21st January 2012

"What a beautiful tribute, the song in this tribute is like a prayer from your Dad's heart. What a blessing his life was, passed on so many wonderful memories to all.  I pray for God's perfect comfort for each and everyone, who miss and loved him."

This tribute was added by doug hanson on 20th January 2012

"I'll see you in heaven, Dad, until then I will miss you so much.  


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