Maury E. Hanson, 87, passed away Saturday, March 26 with his family by his side after a short battle with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Maury was born on September 25, 1934, to Ernest and Hilda Hanson at their homestead near Toad Lake. He attended school in Frazee and went on to the Merchant Marines for 1 year before enlisting in the Air Force. He served for 5 years where he became an aircraft maintainer. After a stint of driving Euclids in the Iron Range in northern Minnesota, he bought his own semi and trailer and began his career as a heavy haul Truck Driver. Maury married Alice Thompson on September 7, 1968, in Sisseton, SD and they made their home in the Detroit Lakes area.
Maury retired in 1996 and that left him more time to concentrate on his passion…Golf. You could find him at the golf course any chance he got. Maury bought his first Harley Davidson motorcycle in 1982 and his many travels with family and friends began. He made his 40th continuous trip to the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally this past August. Maury was an avid hunter and was well known as the best shot around! Duck hunting was his favorite and that was what sharpened his shooting eye, but he also made several trips to Montana to hunt elk with this brother and made numerous pheasant hunting trips with his daughter to North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa through the years.
Traveling and adventure was in his blood, and he lived life to the fullest. Maury had charisma and a charm that was infectious. He always saw the positive in every situation and his smile would light up any room. Everyone that knew Maury, loved him.
He had a special relationship with each of his kids and grandkids. He thoroughly enjoyed the many trips with his wife, kids and grandkids.
Maury is survived by his wife Alice, son Jay Hanson of Moorhead, MN; daughter Lynne Hanson of Detroit Lakes, MN; and 3 grandchildren, Samantha, Danielle and Cameron. Four brothers: Milt (Joyce) Hanson of Detroit Lakes, MN; Jim (Rosalyn) Hanson of Spokane, WA; Howard (Jackie) Hanson of Nisswa, MN; Randy (Monica) Hanson of Frazee, MN; One sister: Nancy (Dwight) Murphy and sister in-law Vicki Hanson of Detroit Lakes, MN.
Maury is preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother: Marvin Hanson.
Services will be held Friday, April 1 at 2:00 p.m. at the West-Kjos Funeral Home with visitation 1 hour prior. The services will continue at the Sandbar for a “toast to Maury”.