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Johnny Leslie Hansen
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Birth: Aug. 26, 1918
Death: Jul. 29, 2008

Johnny Leslie Hansen, 89, Berthold, died Tuesday, July 29, 2008, in a Minot nursing home.

Johnny was born Aug. 26, 1918, in Berthold, to Melvin and Ora (Arnold) Hansen. He was raised and educated in Berthold and graduated from Berthold High School in 1936. Following graduation he was employed in Berthold for a few months before moving to the West Coast for two years.

He returned to North Dakota and entered the U.S. Army on March 27, 1941, and participated in the European Theatre of World War II including the Normandy Invasion prior to his honorable discharge on June 23, 1945. He was a proud recipient of a Purple Heart and other medals.

Johnny was united in marriage to Evelyn Buen on Nov. 30, 1942, in Berthold. Following his discharge from the Army, they made their home in Berthold where he owned and operated the Berthold Mercantile until 1961. In 1961 he began employment with the Berthold Farmers Elevator where he was an assistant manager until his retirement in 1982. After his retirement he continued to assist on his sons' farm near Berthold. Evelyn died Sept. 6, 2004.

Johnny was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Berthold, where he served on the church council. He was also a member of the American Legion, VFW, DAV, Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, Senior Citizens Center, former member of Berthold Lions Club and Berthold Sportsman Club. He also served on the Berthold City Council acting as the Justice of the Peace and held various other offices within the council. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, gardening, and spending time with his grandchildren.

His loving family includes: his children, Sherry (Ron) Flaten, Galesburg, Joel (Lorna) Hansen, Berthold, Gary (Linda) Hansen, of Ray; six grandchildren, Brad (Dawn), Mike (Sue), and Randy Flaten, Kayla Hansen, Tonya and Kresta Hansen; seven great-grandchildren, Darci, Amber, Amy, and Tyler Flaten, Dayna, Heather, and Trenton Flaten; one great-great-grandchild, Kaylee Austin; and sisters, Valda Schwede and Daisy (Ken) Buen, both of Berthold.

Johnny was preceded in death by his wife and parents.

Funeral service: Monday, Aug. 4, 2008, at 11 a.m. in Zion Lutheran Church, Berthold.

Interment: Wildrose Cemetery, Berthold.
Family links: 
  Melvin E Hansen (1885 - 1961)
  Ora Hansen (1886 - 1934)
  Evelyn M. Hansen (1915 - 2004)
Wild Rose Cemetery
Ward County
North Dakota, USA
Created by: Herb Schwede
Record added: Sep 01, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29478539
Johnny Leslie Hansen
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- ForgetMeNot
 Added: Sep. 13, 2011
Thank you for your great service in preserving our country's freedom. I will honor you in the only way that I can . . . by remembering you always. May you rest in peace.
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