Maynard Burton Hanson

Maynard Burton Hanson
Date of Birth: April 29, 1926
Died on: February 28, 2018

Aberdeen, SD-Funeral service for Maynard Burton Hanson, 91 of Aberdeen will be March 10, 2018 at 11:00 am at First United Methodist Church in Aberdeen. Rev. Dr. John Hisel will officiate.

Inurnment with military honors will be at Wildwood Cemetery in Cohasset, MN at a later date.

Maynard died on February 28, 2018 at the Ipswich Care and Rehabilitation Center in Ipswich, SD.

Maynard Burton Hanson, son of Edward and Minnie (Titterud) Hanson was born April 29, 1926 on the family farm near Maddock, ND.

Maynard enlisted in the United States Army in mid-1944. He was assigned to the 65th Infantry Division. The 65th Division joined General George Patton’s 3rd Army and fought in France, Germany and Austria. The 65th Division captured many towns in Germany and Austria. His Division liberated Hersbruck Concentration Camp and provided humanitarian services to the survivors of Mauthausen Concentration Camp.

He married Ruth Alice Young on March 27, 1948 in Minneapolis, MN where they made their home until 1951 when they moved to Cohasset. In 1962 they moved to Tower, MN to be closer to Maynard’s work in the iron mines. In 1964 they moved to Hoyt Lakes, MN. In 1976 they moved back to Cohasset, where Maynard built a new home. In 1987 they moved to Aberdeen to be close to their son and his family.

Maynard was a member and past president of the 65th Infantry Division Association. He attended and greatly enjoyed his military reunions. Maynard was a 33rd degree Mason and a Shriner. He belonged to both the Yelduz Shrine and the Aberdeen Masonic Sunrise Lodge 211. He was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Maynard is survived by son, Jim (Jackie) Hanson of Aberdeen; two granddaughters, Jennifer (John) St. Cyr of Charlotte, NC and Jessica (Brian) Gamroth of Aberdeen and two great-granddaughters Caitlin and Elinore St. Cyr of Charlotte. He is also survived by his sister, Helen Martin of St. Paul, MN and three brothers, Lester (Louise) Hanson of St. Paul, Kenneth Hanson of Bloomington, MN and Marvin Hanson of Bloomington, MN and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Minnie, his wife, Ruth, one son, John, and a brother, Elmer.

Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory of Aberdeen has been entrusted with arrangements.


  1. Jean Pullin says:

    In my memories, of Maynard, I recall his smile and delight at the 65th reunion in New Orleans in 2015 as he watch the entertainment with the Victory Bells. Maynard was priceless! Maynard will be remembered as a sweet and gentle man yet a strong man. He fought his battles, for sure in WWII and at the end of his life. Maynard will be missed by my husband & me, fellow reunion family members and of course his immediate family. It is with sadness we say goodbye to another WWII Veteran.

  2. Chuck Schley says:

    Jim, your dad was so gentle and kind. The angels are rejoicing with your dad and mom in heaven while on earth we mourn his passing.

  3. Edmund G Lewis says:

    I’ve only had the pleasure of knowing Maynard since I attended my first 65th reunion in 2010, certainly not as long as my father, Edmund F. Lewis knew him, but long enough to know what a nice man he was, and why he and his peers were called “The Greatest Generation”.

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