Roger Merlin Hansen was born on November 1, 1932, in Vale, Iowa to the late Tom and Theresa M. (Albertz) Hansen. He received his education in country school in Jackson County, Minnesota. After completing his education, Roger helped with the farming and was an over the road truck driver before enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1954 in Minneapolis. He was later honorably discharged in 1955 at the Chanute AFB in Illinois and moved to Spirit Lake, Iowa. Through the years, Roger was married to Marge Bunce and then Donna Kinniston. Both of these marriages were dissolved.
On March 31, 1966, Roger was united in marriage to Delores "Dee" Harries at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Storden, Minnesota. Roger and Dee lived in Storden and in the late 1970's; they moved to a farm north of Windom until twelve years ago when they sold the farm and moved back to Storden. For the past twenty years Roger and Dee wintered in Arizona. For fifty-eight years, Roger was an over the road truck driver who owned and operated his own company. Roger had many enjoyments in life which included playing poker, fishing, camping, country music, raising livestock and taking his children water skiing in the earlier years.
Recently, Roger was diagnosed with cancer and he fought the disease courageously until passing away on May 25, 2011, in Mesa, Arizona at the age of 78 years.
Roger is survived by his loving wife of forty-five years, Delores "Dee" Hansen of Storden; ten children, Bonnie (Jim) Gibson of Westbrook; Allan (Michelle) Karschnik of Windom; Vicky (Rod) Missling of Jeffers; Roger "Mike" (Pat) Hansen of Abilene, KS; Arlen Karschnik of Storden; Steve (Rhonda) Hansen of Springfield; Larry (Cheryl) Hansen of Rush City; Donna Karschnik of Denver, CO; Randy Hansen Stinehart of Pennsylvania; David Hansen of Storden; 19 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister and two brothers, Deloris Sykes of Harlan, IA; Wayne Hansen of Algona, IA; Clifford (Betty) Hansen of Storden; and many nieces and nephews.
Roger is preceded in death by his parents; four grandchildren, Jaime Karschnik, Sarah Lee Missling, Brooke and Travis Hansen; sister, Velma Netsch; brother-in-law, Cecil Sykes; and sister-in-law, JoAnne Hansen.
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Delores & Family, We were so sorry to hear of Rogers passing. We have had some interesting times together. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless and love to all.
Delores and family - You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Delores and Family, Sorry to hear about Roger's passing. Plenty of memories from the old PJ's in Wilder of working with you and of Roger. I'll always appreciate the years of friendship you had with my dad before he pas... more
Delores and family, I am sorry for your loss.
Delores and family, There was hardly a dull moment when Roger was around. He always had a story about something. Will miss seeing him in AZ You have my sympathy on his passing.
Delores and family...sorry to hear about Roger..my thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time...