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Myron "Dell" Hanson Jr.


Myron "Dell" Hanson Jr., 82, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, at Virginia Gay Hospital from complications of cancer. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Vinton with the Rev. Mark C. Urlaub officiating. Private committal services will be held. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church. A memorial fund has been established for Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Vinton Lutheran Home for the Aged or a charity of the donor's choice.
Myron Dell Hanson, known to family and friends as Dell, was born March 17, 1935, in the Jackson Township of Benton County to Myron Dell and Helen Roberta (Rommann) Hanson Sr. He graduated from Vinton's Lincoln High School in 1953. On Nov. 29, 1953, he was united in marriage to RaMona Smith at Prairie Creek Church north of Vinton. They would have celebrated 64 years of marriage later this month.
Dell was a lifelong member of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he served in many capacities. He was a Benton County supervisor for 16 years and was state representative for two years. He owned and operated Farmers Sales and Services for 37 years. At the time of his death, he was a board member of the Cedar Valley Ranch and the Vinton Lutheran Home for the Aged.
He is survived by his wife, RaMona of Vinton; sons, Myron Dell III "Mike" (Mary) Hanson, John (Shirale) Hanson, Tom (Dana) Hanson and Ken Hanson, all of Vinton; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Patricia (George) Guenther of White Bear Lake, Minn.; brother, Wayne (Nancy) Hanson of Marion; aunt, Dorothy Williamson of Marshalltown; and sisters-in-law, Bernadette Wilson of Mesa, Ariz., Phyllis Tilson of Kensett and Jean Smith Payne of Mason City.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his great-grandson, Cooper Rummel; in-laws, Albert and Marie Smith; and brothers-in-law, Kenneth Wilson, Robert Tilson, Richard Smith and Lowell Payne.
Dell was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. When not spending time with family, he enjoyed visiting friends, and volunteering his time to the homebound and sick. He was a humanitarian and was always making new friends. He never met a stranger.
He lived life to the fullest and touched many lives. His sense of humor and compassion for others will be greatly missed.
Condolences may be left at: www.phillipsfuneralhomes.com.