Eldon Royal Hansen

Eldon Royal Hansen Eldon Royal Hansen of Beresford died at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls, on Sunday, April 27, 2008 at the age of 82, He was born Sept. 17, 1925 to Ella Rebecca and Christian Edward Hansen at the family home in rural Burbank, close to Greenfield. As a teenager, Eldon lived with his aunt and uncle, Hans and Anna Hansen on their farm west of Vermillion. At this time, he started attending Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion and became very active in the 4-H club, winning numerous ribbons and awards for raising Aberdeen-Angus cattle. Eldon graduated from Vermillion High School in 1943 and continued working on the family farm until he entered the Navy in May of 1944. He served as a Quartermaster, assisting the navigator and helmsman on the U.S.S. Hidatsa (ATF102) on the Pacific front. After two years in the Navy, Eldon returned to Vermillion and married Elva Maxine Peterson on Feb. 21, 1948. The couple spent their early married life in Vermillion, raising their four children and running the family farm before moving south, first to Texas and then to Mississippi and Arkansas. Eldon went to work for Brown & Root in their power plant division in 1962, starting as a painter��?s helper and retiring 25 years later having worked his way up to assistant project manager. Eldon and Elva retired to Hot Springs, AR in 1987 and lived there until Elva��?s death in 2002, at which time Eldon moved back to Vermillion to be closer to family. He then moved to a retirement home in Beresford in the fall of 2007. Eldon was a gentle giant of a man, known for his good humor and intelligence. He always took great pride in his work and after he retired, he poured himself into creating an inviting garden, yard and patio area, doing most of the work himself with a hand from Elva. His greatest source of pride, however, was his family. He was very good with children and loved to spend time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Eldon was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Elva Peterson Hansen; and his brothers, Carroll Hansen and Harley Hansen. He is survived by two sisters, Adele (Oscar) Jackson of Alcester, and Elaine (Bob) Brown of Vermillion; three daughters, Donna (Rocky) Dean of Chamberlain, and Connie Hansen and Jayne Hansen, both of Houston, TX; on son, Larry (Karen) Hansen of Marion, IA; and three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren living in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the charity of choice. Funeral service was 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 30 at Trinity Lutheran Church with burial in BluffView Cemetery with military grave side service conducted by Vermillion V.F.W Clay Post #3061. Visitation was from 5 to 7 on Tuesday at Iverson-Siecke-Kober Funeral Home, Vermillion. Condolences may be sent online to www.koberfuneralhome.com.

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