Dean Hanson

Obituary of Dean Alvin Hanson

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Dean Alvin Hanson

Dean Hanson, Age 77, of Spencer passed away on January 8, 2022, at The Waterford in Colby. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. 

Dean was born December 24, 1944, in Stanley to Arthur and Vilas (Haas) Hanson. He graduated from Spencer High School in 1963. Then went to heavy equipment training. He spent 1965-1971 with the Army and National Guard Service. On January 21, 1966, he married Paula Seefeld at St. John’s Lutheran Church where they continued to be lifelong members.

Dean was a heavy equipment operator for Redetzke Construction for many years. He loved letting his kids know when they passed by a pond or project that he worked on. He also owned Farmstar Irrigation, where he put in many hours during the season.

Dean loved spending time at the lake with family and friends. Dean had amazing patience with his grandkids while turtle hunting or pulling them on the tube behind the pontoon. Later in life he and Paula would spend winters in Florida, first on the beaches of the Panhandle, then in St. Cloud with family and friends.

Dean is survived by his children, Deann (Russ) Radtke of Sullivan, IL, Rob of Marathon; his grandchildren Jake Radtke of Ann Arbor MI, Mara (Ben) Westphal of Colfax, and Hayden Hanson of Marathon; great-grandson Parker Westphal of Colfax; his brothers Duane and Donnie of St. Cloud, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his wife Paula, his son Jeff, his parents, and his siblings David, Dolores Caldwell, and Diane Hanson.

Dean’s arrangements are under the care of Life Tributes Funeral Home-Spencer. Please visit to share thoughts and condolences.

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