Merle Hansen

November 21, 2018

obit Hansen MerleNov. 19, 1933 – Nov. 11, 2018

MERLE HANSEN, age 84, of Tyler, passed away Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Avera Tyler Hospital. Visi­tation was Thursday, Nov. 15, 5-8 p.m. with Prayer Service and Sharing of Memories at 6:30 p.m. at the Hartquist Funeral Chapel in Tyler. Funeral service was Friday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler, with interment in Dane­bod Lutheran Cemetery in Tyler. Hartquist Funeral Home-Tyler Chapel was entrusted with arrange­ments. To view Merle’s life history and sign an online registry, please visit www. hartquistfuneral.com.
Merle Daniel Hansen was born Nov. 19, 1933 to Glen and Mildred “Molly” (Meyer) Hansen in Tyler. He was baptized in Tracy in 1935 and later con­firmed at First English Lu­theran Church in Tyler. He attended school in Tyler and graduated from Tyler High School in 1952. On Sept. 5, 1954 Merle mar­ried Shirley Christensen at Danebod Lutheran Church. Their union was blessed with three daughters and 64 years of life together. He was a lifelong resident of Tyler. After high school he started working part-time at Lyon-Lincoln Elec­tric in Tyler and retired from there 45 years later as Lineman Superinten­dent. He was diagnosed with cancer in October of this year, and on Nov. 11, Merle died at Avera Tyler Hospital, eight days before his 85th birthday.
Merle was a lifelong member of First English Lutheran Church in Tyler, where he had served as Church President, usher, and choir member. He was a charter member of Tyler Lions Club and a member of Tyler Kiwanis. He served on the Tyler Golf Club board, delivered Meals on Wheels, and used his woodworking skills to create donations for com­munity causes. He enjoyed flower and vegetable gar­dening and yardwork, golf, fishing, hunting, bowling, woodworking, and playing Liars Dice with his morn­ing coffee group. Merle will be remembered for his quick wit and caring nature, a gentle protective love of family and friends, and a deep love of his wife of 64 years. He was strong spiritually, physically and mentally, and loved the outdoors and sports. He enjoyed the Danish Christ­mas tradition of dancing around the Christmas tree.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Shirley; his daughters, Nancy Hagmann of the Twin Cities, Vicki (Greg) Goblirsch of Prior Lake, and Karla Grams (fiancee, Jeff Hayes) of Phoenix, Ari­zona; three siblings, Dale (Jane) Hansen of Ankeny, Iowa, Steve (Ann) Han­sen of Cold Spring, and Kathi (Mic) VanDeVere of Tyler; six grandchildren, Gretchen O’Keefe-Ricci, Justin O’Keefe, Kyle Gob­lirsch, Corey Goblirsch, Hunter Grams and Jordyn Grams; nine great-grand­children, Treyton Bixby, Kyla O’Keefe, Brayden Goblirsch, Lukas Ricci, Jaxsen O’Keefe, Adelynn Goblirsch, Leah Ricci, Mar­garet “Maggie” Goblirsch and George Goblirsch; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Glen and Molly; two sis­ters, Jeanne Larson and Di­ane Zandt; and a brother, Rick Hansen.
Memorials may be di­rected to the American Cancer Society or First English Lutheran Church.