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Edward Hansen April 17, 1917 - Aug. 1, 2009

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ST. LOUIS PARK -- Bishop Emeritus Edward A. Hansen, 92, formerly of Willmar, died Aug. 1 after a short illness.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Westwood Lutheran Church, 9001 Cedar Lake Rd, St. Louis Park.

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Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church.

He was born April 17, 1917, in Harlan, Iowa, to Albert and Anna (Nielsen) Hansen. He graduated with honors from Harlan High School in 1935.

He received a bachelor's degree in 1939 from Dana College in Blair, Neb., and a master's of divinity in 1942 from Trinity Theological Seminary, with further study at Luther Seminary, Biblical Seminary in New York, Mansfield College of Oxford and St. Andrews University in Scotland. He was awarded a doctor of divinity degree in 1961 by St. Olaf College, and was named Distinguished Alumnus of Dana College in 1972.

He married Shirley Bondo in 1943. He served Lutheran churches in Minneapolis and Hutchinson and was a teacher and administrator at Lutheran Bible Institutes in Minneapolis and Teaneck, N.J., and later at Golden Valley Lutheran College, and often at Bible camps and church conferences across the country. When the American Lutheran Church was formed in 1960, he became president, later called "bishop," of the Southwestern Minnesota District in Willmar with 270 congregations in a 34-county area and served for 18 years. He worked with the Inter Lutheran Commission on Worship for 10 years to produce the Lutheran Book of Worship, "the green book," in 1978.

He is survived by two daughters: Lee Anne (and Gene) Lack and Linda (and Bruce) Kau and one grandson.

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