Funeral services for Paul Osburn Hansen, 88, of Mitchell, S.D. were Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at the
Resurrection Lutheran Church in Mitchell, S.D. Burial will be Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 at noon at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Milaca. A memorial fund has been established to the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Mitchell.
Paul died Jan. 4, at Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell, SD.
He was born Feb. 27, 1923 in Bismarck, N.D. to Reverend Harold “Chi” Hansen and Ellen (Peterson) Hansen. He spent his first few years of life in Washburn, N.D. before the family moved to Milaca. He graduated from Milaca High School in 1941.
Upon graduating from high school he went to work for Bell Telephone Company in northern Minnesota as a lineman. He was recruited by the FBI and moved to Washington, DC as an Assistant Laboratory Aide in the Sound and Electric Division. Paul was always proud to say that he was on a “first name” basis with Director John Edgar Hoover. One of Paul’s responsibilities was to check for wire tapping in Hoover’s office and personal residence. Paul resigned from the FBI Sept. 30, 1942 after being drafted into the United States Navy. Paul was an Aviation Ordinance Man Second Class and served much of his Navy time in California and the island of Saipan in the South Pacific. He was Honorably Discharged from the U.S. Navy, Feb. 19, 1946.
Paul attended and graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in 1949. Paul and Rosalie Dahle met while attending Luther College. On June 18, 1948, they were married in Decorah, Iowa. Three children were born to Paul and Rosalie, Paula, Kathy and John.
Paul had various jobs in Iowa and Wisconsin before moving to Fargo, N.D. where he was employed with Gunkelman Seed and Chemical Company. They later moved to White Bear Lake, Minn. where he worked for Chipman Chemical Company. In 1967 he ended his career as a seed and chemical salesman and formed the company, Aaro Films. He filmed and produced three major motion movies titled “North American Safari “68”, “Wilderness Calling” and “Trail to Alaska.” After fulfilling his dream of producing these movies, he then formed his own seed and chemical business, AgCom. Paul later co-founded and was the Executive Director of MAFLAS “Minnesota Association of Farmers Landowners and Sportsmen.” The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources hired Paul to a newly created position, the Citizen Participation Coordinator (Ombudsman). Paul retired after nine years with the Department. Throughout his life he enjoyed the “great outdoors” and his many friends.
In 2003 Paul and Rosalie moved to Mitchell, S.D. where they lived at Countryside Living and were members of Resurrection Lutheran Church where their son, John is the Pastor. Paul enjoyed his time in Mitchell meeting and making new friends, going on hunting trips with his son, John, and spending time and money at Cabelas.
He is survived by his wife Rosalie of Mitchell, S.D.; his children, Kathryn (Jeff) Courtney of Newaygo, Mich. and John (Vicki) Hansen of Mitchell, S.D.; grandchildren, Rachael, Jennifer, Joshua, Elissa and Kelsey; great-grandchildren, Katherine, Jeffery, Abigail, Victoria and Logan; sister Marian Majerle of Milaca; sister-in-law Phyllis Paulson of Wausau, Wis.; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Paul was preceded in death by his daughter Paula Jean Hansen Asmus; parents; brother Reverend Philip Hansen and wife, Shirley; and brothers-in-law, Vernon “Bud” Paulson and Rudy Majerle.
Arrangements were by the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell, S.D. Local arrangements were by the Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home in Milaca.