Leonard L. Hanson, age 76 of Lodgepole, passed away on Saturday evening, December 31, 2016 at the West River Regional Medical Center in Hettinger, ND.
Funeral services will be Friday, January 6, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Centennial Chapel of Evanson Jensen Funeral Homes in Hettinger, ND. Pastor Ed Cloninger will officiate and burial will be at the Lodgepole Cemetery at a later date. Visitations will be from noon to 7:00 pm at the Centennial Chapel on Thursday, January 5, and one hour prior to the service on Friday afternoon.
Leonard Leroy Hanson was born November 11, 1940, on the homestead near Reva, SD, to Harold and Opal (Papka) Hanson. He attended the Jefferson Elementary School and went to high school in Buffalo, SD. He worked in the mornings before school at the Western Café peeling potatoes to pay for his room & board and started his band The Satellites with Ron Brengle, Wally Cornella, and Lores Njos his senior year of high school. After completing high school he was employed by Coe Trucking hauling gravel and of course his #1 talent playing the piano for dances on the weekends. Leonard was an excellent pianist! He had quite the following of people every weekend throughout the years “The Satellites” played for dances. Over time band members changed and included Rick Brengle, Dwight Sabo, and Dyann Hanson.
On April 7, 1962, Leonard was united in marriage to Dyann (Brabazon) Hanson of Lodgepole, SD. To this union was born two daughters—Dixie Rae and Julie Dyann. Their first home was in Prairie City, SD where they owned and operated the Prairie City Café.
In the spring of 1967 they moved to the Brabazon place where they began farming and ranching with Dyann’s parents. They remained there for 45 years. While on the farm Leonard did several jobs, from fixing tractors, planting crops, to trapping fox and calling coyotes. He loved going out on the hillside and calling coyotes. In the 1970’s after Leonard suffered from heat exhaustion, he started selling pianos and organs for Stevenson’s Music of Rapid City, SD. He also took a home electronics course and started a business repairing TV’s for the surrounding community. They raised angora goats and owned and operated the Outback Mohair & Wool of America, Inc. in Lemmon, SD, where they purchased and sold wool and mohair. After Dyann died in 2012, Leonard moved to Hettinger and lived with his daughter Dixie for the remaining years of his life.
Leonard was preceded in death by his wife Dyann, his parents, and one brother Wesley Hanson.
Left to mourn his passing are his daughters, Dixie and Julie Hanson; granddaughters Brandi Kelso, Ivory and Breanna Hanson; great grandsons Trig, Tayven, and Trace Kelso all of Hettinger, ND; one brother, Keith (Margaretta) Hanson of Reva, SD; special friend of the family Travis Lien, Hettinger, ND. Also mourning his passing are several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Serving as casketbearers are Kevin Hanson, Keith Hanson Jr, John Green, Bob Parker, Dwight Sabo, Lee Hofland, Leo Strid, Paul Anderson. Special music will be provided by Todd Buer.