Edwin John Hannus was born on Jan. 14, 1916 at Rolla, N.D. to William and Hulda (Johnson) Hannus.
When Ed was two years old, his parents passed away, and he was raised by his Grandmother Johnson and Aunt Senia Johnson in Sebeka. He attended school in Sebeka and began working at the Sebeka Co-op General and Grocery Store learning the meat cutting trade.
In August of 1939, Ed married Edna Tormanen. The couple were married in Litchfield by the Rev. North. To this union, three children were born.
In 1942, the family moved to Minneapolis where Ed worked first at D. W. Onnan until 1945, then at Chrystal Market and later at Country Club Market of Minneapolis as meat cutter.
Ed was forced to retire in 1976 due to a heart attack. In 1978, they moved to Cokato.
In retirement, Ed enjoyed ice fishing, wood working and socializing.
Ed died at Methodist Hospital of St. Louis Park, Monday, Feb. 23, 1998. He had reached the age of 82 years, one month, and nine days.
Survivors include his wife Edna, daughter, Judy and Marv Saarela, son John and Mary Hannus, and daughter, Mary and David Arvola; 16 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren.
Edwin was preceded in death by his parents, brother Alfred, and grandson, Steven Saarela.
Funeral services were Thursday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. at First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Cokato with the Rev. William Keranen. Music was by Mrs. Keranen.
Interment was in the Cokato Finnish Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jon Saarela, Brett Arvola, Greg Arvola, Jim Hannus, Chad Arvola, and Ryan Arvola.
Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home, Cokato and Howard Lake.