Obituary for Merlin A. Hanson

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Merlin A. Hanson, 77, of Holmen passed away Monday, August 13, 2018 at his home. He was born in La Crosse on January 22, 1941 to Oris and Leona Hanson. He served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1961. On October 1, 1966 Merlin married Lois Anderson.
Merlin is survived by his wife, Lois; daughter, Mary (Tom) Zilliox of Janesville; son, Sean Hanson of Blair; five grandchildren, Michael (Brittney) Hanson, Keisha and Kayla Clay, Sean Hanson, and Aaron Haskins; nine great grandchildren; sister, Phyllis Boardman; two brothers, Jerry (Sharon) Hanson and Ralph Hanson; and a sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Hanson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Donna Hartley; and two brothers, Roger and Robert.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 17, 2018 at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1931 Loomis Street, La Crosse. Pastor Anne Hokenstad will officiate and burial will be in French Island Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 809 Gillette Street, La Crosse.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.
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