CLIFFORD HANSEN

Clifford Hansen, of Braham, passed away on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.  He was 86 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, August 6, 2012 at the Braham Covenant Church with Rev. Steve Jennisch officiating.

VISITATION will be held 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

INURNMENT will be held at a later date at the Cambridge Union Cemetery.

Clifford Delbert Hansen, of Braham, passed away on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He was 86 years old.  

Cliff was born on September 12, 1925 in Jasper, Minnesota to parents Charles and Cora (Pien) Hansen. He grew up on the family dairy and crop farm in Southern Minnesota. Later in life, he often spoke of the horses he worked with in the fields.  Cliff served in the U. S. Army during World War II as a cook and a nurse’s aide. In 1946, he married Grace DeJoode forming a union that lasted 29 years. In 1974, Cliff married Mary Jane Engholm. They were married for 34 years.

Cliff had many jobs over the years. He worked as a farmer, a construction laborer, and a carpenter. As a farmer, Cliff had the strongest fences and the straightest corn rows.  As a construction laborer, he worked on a bridge-building crew.  Later, Cliff and a business partner formed A&H Construction. A&H built homes, pole barns, and did remodeling.  Their company formed part of the crew that built the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church. 

Cliff was a simple man who made keen observations about nature and life.  Even as he aged he still had a sense of wonderment and curiosity.  Cliff greatly enjoyed bowling and horseshoes and earned many trophies for these activities. He also loved gardening and was proud of the many buckets of tomatoes he sold each summer.  Cliff loved telling jokes.  His humor and playfulness were well known and appreciated by friends and family alike.

Cliff was preceded in death by: wife, Mary Jane; parents; siblings: Peter Hansen, Lenora Schlack, Raymond Hansen, Ruby Behr, Elaine Gaston, and Charlotte Hansen.

He is survived by: daughters, Diana Hansen and Darlene (Jim) Cornell; son, Darrel (Dianna) Hansen; step-daughter, Charlotte (Steve) Brown; step-son, John Engholm; grandchildren: Dan (Deb) Olsen, Jody (Ron) Morriseau, Jennifer (Jeremy Nord) Prunick, Micheal Chilson; step-grandchildren: Adam (Michelle) Brown and Jessica (Mitchell) Mosio; great-grandchildren: Alex, Makayla, Samantha, Jarod, Chelsea, Avery, Desiree, Coby, Andrew; step-great-grandchildren, Connor and Zander; sisters-in-law, many nieces and nephews, other loving relatives and friends.

6 guestbook entries for CLIFFORD HANSEN

  1. Mary Pass August 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    Oh, My Dear dear uncle Clifford. You were like a 2nd Dad to me. I am going to miss you as much as I miss my daddy. Tell Daddy Hi for me and tell him things are going good .. I know you will be with all your brothers and sisters now.. give them all my love. God gave me a wonderful Uncle when He gave me YOU. Prayers to my cousins. We will all miss him. His sense of humor, his smile and laughter. God is going to have another wonderful Angel. Love you Uncle Cliff.

  2. Paul Wrege August 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    Clifford was a good guy and was always helpful and good natured in his work at church. He always had the organ and piano prepared for my arrival on Sunday morning. If you needed something Clifford would always get it for you. My condolences to the family.

  3. Dale & Janice Nick August 5, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    You were one of the best brothers in law a person could ask for. No matter how gloomy the day may have been you were there tp put a smile in our hearts. We will miss the jokes you had to share. You were always there to help your fellow friends and loved ones. We will miss you but you will always be in our thoughts and hearts.

  4. Bernie & Vivian Cowan August 6, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    To the children of Clifford Hansen, our thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry for you loss. You will wish Dad back every day, the rest of your life. Be compforted that he now is young, without pain and his love for you continues. God keep you and hold you and catch every tear, seen and unseen.

  5. Debbie Hansen August 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    So sorry I never connected with you Uncle Clifford in these later years….I always meant to but now it’s too late. I have many fond memories of the kindness you showed John, the kids, and I; the fun times bowling, and the jokes you’d share when we’d stop in at the drive-in. You will be greatly missed! Give Pete an extra hug from me, would you please? Love!

  6. Karen Dellwo September 4, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    Clifford was a friend of my dad’s ( Richard Usher) and at our house alot when I was growing up. I was always so happy when he showed up at hay baling time to help because he was so strong and could make the job go so much faster! He could pick up a bale in each hand and throw them like they were nothing! I took care of him a few times in the hospital over the past few years and we always had fun talking about my dad and the old days. Sorry for your families loss.

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