Jerome Hanson, age 95, of Waconia, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, at Good Samaritan Home in Waconia.
A decorated veteran of World War ll, Jerome served in the 94th Infantry Division under General Patton participating in the Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge. The American government presented him with the Bronze Star medal, the European, African, Middle Eastern Service medal, the Good Conduct medal, and two overseas service bars.
He was wounded twice, receiving a Purple Heart and one Oak Leaf Cluster. In 2010, he was presented with the Knight of the Legion of Honor medal, the highest decoration given by the French government.
Jerome was born Sept. 13, 1921, in Canby, MN.
He graduated from high school in 1940, in Mound. It was here where he met his wife of 70 years, Doris “Toots” Peterson. They were married in 1946.
Farming was Jerome’s passion, and he owned and operated a dairy farm in Maple Plain.
Also a skilled woodworker, he spent many hours in his shop after retiring from farming.
He and Doris also enjoyed traveling to his army reunions, wintering in Arizona, playing cards and dice games, and spending time with friends at the Delano Senior Center. Jerome was a very generous person, who was always there to volunteer his time and skills wherever he was needed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Minnie and Minor Hanson; a sister, Audrey Hartwell; and a brother, Wallie Hanson.
Jerome will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Doris; daughters Sharon Harding (Scott), and Susan Thompson (Tim); grandchildren Beau Thompson (April), Melanie Ronneberg (Tim), Brandi Bizek (Scott) and Michelle Carlson (Shawn); great-grandchildren Ruby and Roman Kemp, Raleigh Thompson, Madelyn, Charlie, and Reese Ronneberg, Aria Bizek, and Ethan, Natalie and Nora Carlson; eight nieces and nephews; and extended family, Cindy, Tony, Brett, Josie and Lance Gulyash.
Funeral services took place Thursday, Dec.29 at Christ Lutheran Church in Maple Plain, followed by interment at Christ Lutheran Cemetery.
Memorials are preferred to Delano Senior Center or Christ Lutheran Church.
Arrangements were handled by David Lee Funeral Home, Wayzata; www.davidleefuneralhome.com.