Orton Hanson

Thursday, February 4, 2010
Orton Hanson

Funeral services for Mr. Orton Hanson, 92, of Spencer, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at Warner Chapel in Spencer. Rev. Paul Hanson will officiate the service.

Interment will take place in Oakland Cemetery in Peterson.

Mr. Hanson passed away Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer.

In lieu of flowers, the families will distribute memorials to Alzheimer's and assist boys with Scout Camp scholarships.

Orton Marcus Hanson, the son of Henry and Martha Nelson Hanson, was born Dec. 3, 1917, in Brady, Mont., and raised in Polson, Mont., on the south shore of the Flathead Lake. Orton served in the Army Air Force from 1943 to 1946. He was a tail gunner in a B24 aircraft and participated in a Search and Rescue Unit.

Orton met Margaret Selzer while he was working in California. They married on July 14, 1946, in Inglewood, Calif. Following their marriage they moved to Iowa in 1947. Orton worked in the Ford Garage before taking the Civil Service test and joining the Post Office in 1948. He carried mail in Spencer until July 1980 when he retired.

He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 123 sponsored by Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer. He was an avid scout leader, taking Wood Badge Training in the Buffalo Patrol, receiving his God and Country award and was presented the prestigious award, the Silver Beaver. He also enjoyed collecting stamps, coins, woodcarving, chair caning and reading.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and a sister.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret of Spencer; his two daughters and their husbands: Lynn and Richard Harrison of Iowa City, and Laurel and Greg Anliker of Des Moines; two sons and their wives: Michael and Kelly Hanson and Kent and Julie Hanson -- both of Spencer; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.