Robert ‘Bob’ Hanson, 89

A funeral service for Robert Edward “Bob” Hanson, 89, of Killdeer, N.D., will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 24, 2017, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Killdeer, with Pastor Dorothy Williams officiating. Burial will take place in Oakdale Cemetery.

A visitation will be held for Bob one hour prior to the service, and was also held on Thursday, March 23, from 5-7 p.m. at Stevenson Funeral Home in Killdeer. A memorial service will be held at Hill Top Home of Comfort on Friday, March 24 at 10 a.m.

Bob Hanson was born June 25, 1927 in Croff, N.D., the only child of Hans O. and Lillian (May) Hanson. He grew up in a log cabin near the Little Missouri River in the badlands north of Killdeer, and graduated in 1946 from Killdeer High School. He worked as a cowboy and ranch hand before serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

After a long courtship, Bob married Alma Adeline Kleemann in Dickinson on April 14, 1953. In 1959, he began working for the Killdeer Equity Elevator. When he was promoted to manager in 1962, the couple moved to Killdeer with their four children.

Bob subsequently worked for Cenex in Dickinson, and in 1979, he took a position as crop monitor for Cenex in Edgeley, N.D. Upon retirement in 1989, Bob and Alma returned to Killdeer.

In 2012, Bob and Alma moved to Hill Top Home of Comfort and everyone there quickly became his second family.  It was “home.”

Bob and Alma were active members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Killdeer, and throughout the community.  The two were always together, whether visiting friends and family or fencing and climbing hills in their beloved badlands.

Robert Edward “Bob” Hanson passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017 at CHI St. Alexius Health in Dickinson, surrounded by family. His family and friends meant the world to him and he cherished each and every one. He will be deeply missed.

Bob is survived by his son Dean (Duduzile Dludlu) of Ngololweni, Swaziland; daughters Judy (Greg) Coughlin of Chisago City, Minn., Darlene (Michael) Haven of Maple Grove, Minn., and son-in-law Gail Skjefte of Williston; grandchildren Lejaka Mathaba (Naomi), Ryan and Cari (Andrew Schmitt) Skjefte, Laura (Jeremy Meyer), and Liana Haven; great-granddaughter Delilah Schmitt, sister-in-law Gertrude Hanna of Watford City, and many cherished extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Alma, and daughter Cindy Skjefte.

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Stevenson Funeral Home in Killdeer is in charge of arrangements.

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