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Dale Hanson - December 14, 2012

Dale Hanson was born on Oct. 19,1928 near Elsie, Neb. He was the fourth of five children born to Oscar and Belle (Brittain) Hanson.
Dale grew up on the Hanson farm west of Elsie. He attended rural school and later graduated from Elsie High School in 1946. Dale helped on the farm until 1950 when he joined the United States Air Force during the Korean War period. He served at the Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas where he served as a senior air policeman which involved watching over the Super Fortress B-36 bomber planes.
While in the service, he was married to Lillian Coppersmith in Fort Worth on July 22, 1950. After his discharge in 1953 Dale and Lillian returned to Perkins County. They lived for a brief period in Grant, Neb. until they returned to the Hanson farm west of Elsie where they raised their family and Dale lived the rest of his life.
Dale had been failing in health the past several years and had been moved to the Perkins County Community Hospital in Grant where he died early Friday morning, Dec. 14, 2012. He had reached the age of 84.
Dale had been a longtime member of the Elsie United Methodist Church and a past member of the Elsie American Legion.
In addition to his parents, Dale was preceded in death by his three sisters, Esther Harbeson, Pauline Johnson, and Edith Hunter; and his brother, Emil Hanson.
He is survived by his wife of over 62 years, Lillian; four sons, Dan and wife Roxie of rural Madrid, Neb., Jim and wife Kelly of rural Elsie, Kent of North Platte, Neb. and Tom and special friend Tammy Schafer of Lincoln, Neb.; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Dec. 17. at the Elsie United Methodist Church with Pastor Linda Battello officiating.
Burial was in the Elsie Cemetery with a flag presentation by the Elsie American Legion.
A memorial has been established.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.