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Richard G. Hanson, 55

Richard G. Hanson, age 55, of Ellsworth, passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2009, involved in a tragic motorcycle accident. 

He was born Jan. 12, 1954, in River Falls.  He was the son of Roy and Doris (Bredahl) Hanson.  Richard grew up and lived all his life in Trimbelle Township on County O and graduated from the Ellsworth High School.  Richard was in his first derby at the Gaslight when he was 16 and continued to be involved for the next 20 years.  Richard married Carlene Kuhlmann on Sept. 6, 1975, at the Hammond Methodist Church.  They farmed and raised Hereford beef cattle.  He worked at the Ellsworth Creamery for 36 years.  He loved working on the farm land, and deer hunting; he also loved fishing and was an avid outdoor sportsman. 

Richard is survived by his wife of 33 years, Carlene; three sons, Rick, Jason and Cory; one granddaughter, Chloe; one brother, Duane (Jeannine) Hanson; one sister, Diane (Jerry) Cole; and further survived by nephews Bob, Ed, and Steve Hanson and David Cole; and nieces Terri Bartlett, Jodi Hanson, and Donna Bloomquist. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Bob Hanson.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at the First Presbyterian Church of Ellsworth with Rev. Amy Flack officiating.  Interment will be in Bethel Cemetery.  Family and friends were invited to call on Tuesday, May 5, 2009, from 5-8 p.m. at the Hill Funeral Home in Ellsworth and again on Wednesday one hour prior to the church service at church.

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Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Ellsworth is assisting the family with arrangements.