Lawrence Hansen, 85, of Le Mars, died Tuesday August 17, 2004, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars, following a brief illness.
Lawrence Peter Hansen was born July 23, 1919, in Lismore, Minn., the son of Emil and Margaret (Gaul) Hansen. As a young boy, he moved with his family to the Granville area. During World War II, he served his country with the U.S. Army. He served overseas with Company I of the 34th Division, 133rd Infantry in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy.
After the war, he returned to the Remsen area and had worked for Ray Fiedler and other farmers before working with Garvin Oil Co. in Remsen for several years. Later he moved to Le Mars and was employed with Bob's Bike Shop for over 20 years.
Lawrence loved to fish in his spare time. He also enjoyed visiting and eating with his friends at Hugo's.
Survivors include three brothers: Cletus Hansen and his wife Loretta of Ft. Dodge, Jerome Hansen and his wife Margo of Le Mars, and Emil Hansen, Jr. of Slayton, Minn.; five sisters: Irene Leinen of Sibley, Mary Ann Streff of Slayton, Minn., Sr. Margaret Hansen, O.S.F. of Rochester Hills, Mich., Rita Pottebaum of Yuba City, Calif., and Mildred Gearke of Maurice; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers: Ambrose, Gerald, Alfred, and Leonard Hansen; and a sister Dolores Ludwig.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars with the Rev. James Tigges from St. James Catholic Church officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars with military honors conducted by the American Legion, Wasmer Post 241. Friends may call anytime after 4 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, where there will be a Scriptural wake service at 7 p.m. Thursday evening. Visitation will resume from 8 a.m. until service time on Friday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Buck Fiedler, Taage Foreman, Larry Schmitz, Steve Hansen, Ken Hansen, and Wally Hansen.
Honorary pallbearers will be Sod Dreckman, Punk Steinfadt, Mike Plueger, Louie Huewe, Joe Hardacre, and Paul Van Engelenhoven.