Dale Hanna Dec. 8, 1917 - Dec. 1, 2008
REDWOOD FALLS -- Dale Wilmer Hanna, 90, of Redwood Falls died Monday at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.
The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Redwood Falls. Burial, with military honors, will be held at the Morton City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Nelson-Martin Funeral Service in Redwood Falls and for one hour prior to service at the church.
He was born Dec. 8, 1917, on the family farm near Spencer, S.D., to William and Nellie (Helvig) Hanna, He grew up on the farm and attended school in Spencer. He moved to the Morton area with the Ray Thompkins family when he was 13. He worked for them and attended Morgan school district and then returned to Spencer where he graduated from high school. He moved to the Morton area and worked for Otto and Anna Sieber. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1942.
He married Inez A. Sieber on Feb. 13, 1943, in Morton. He was deployed to the European Theater as a radio communication sergeant and received several Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star and other medals. He was captured and held as a prisoner of war in Germany for several months. He was discharged in 1945 and returned to work for the Siebers and later farmed their home place.
They moved to their own farm in Sherman Township, Redwood County, in 1953 and farmed until retiring and moving into Redwood Falls in 1979. He was still helping out on the farm at the age of 87.
He moved into Sunwood Good Samaritan Care Center in Redwood Falls in 2006. He was a member of the Golden Gophers 4-H Club and then later served in the club as an adult leader; was a member of the Redwood County Fair Board and the American Legion. He measured grain bins for the Redwood County FSA for many years. He was a member of the Morton Methodist Church, joining First United Methodist Church in Redwood Falls in 1979. They spent their summers at Green Lake and winters in Apache Junction, Ariz.
He is survived by his children: Jewdee (and Butch) Lutgens of Lonsdale and Bob (and Nancy) Hanna of Morton; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and his siblings: Norman Hanna of Sioux Falls, S.D., Marilyn Sabatine of Palo Alto, Calif., Bill (and Vera) Hanna of Sioux City, Iowa, and Tweed (and Mona) Hanna of Sioux Falls.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 1999 and four brothers.