Jon Howard Hanson, “Chicken Jon,” age 79, of Delano, MN, passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 15, 2021.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021 at 11 a.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, St. Peter campus in Delano.
Visitation will take place Friday, Nov. 19 from 4 to 8 p.m., with an 8 p.m. prayer service in St. Martha’s Hall of the St. Peter campus.
Visitation will continue Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. in St. Martha’s Hall prior to the funeral service.
Military Honors will be provided by the Delano American Legion Post 377.
Memorials will be given by the family to the Alzheimer’s Association in Jon’s memory.
Arrangements are by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.
Jon was born June 16, 1942, in Graceville, MN to Howard and Clara (Zeihr) Hanson.
Jon was a 1960 graduate of Graceville High School. He served in the US Air Force and was honorably discharged.
He started working for Tom Thumb in the mid 1960s and excelled at the convenience store business for the next 50 years.
Jon was a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to all who knew and loved him.
He will be remembered for his love of his family, grandchildren, hunting, vacationing in Mexico, his service to our country, his support of the American Legion, and his long time commitment to the Delano community. Jon also often returned to Graceville to visit long-time friends.
Jon was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly P. Hanson; parents, Howard and Clara Hanson; and nephew, Chad Heilman.
He is survived by his children, Jean, Mark (Brenda) and Matt (Rhonda); five grandchildren who he adored, Tyler, Ben, Nate, Lily, and Nick; seven brothers and sister, Judy (Jim) Zweifel, Robert (Carol) Hanson, Janet (Duane) Johnston, Steve Hanson, Helen (Dave) Heilman, Chuck (Teri) Hanson, and Bill (Lori) Hanson; special friend Jan Styve; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Jon’s family wants to extend a special thank you to the caregivers at Bridgewater at Hanover and Brighton Hospice.