He was 79 years old.

Duane A. Hanson, 79, Grand Forks, North Dakota died Saturday, April 20, 2013 in Altru Hospital of Grand Forks.

    Duane Arnold Hanson was born April 5, 1934 on the Ross farm near Fisher, Minnesota, the son of Arnold and Edna (Ross) Hanson. He grew up and attended school in Warren, Minnesota. In his freshman year, he moved to Crookston, Minnesota. He graduated from Crookston High School in 1953.   

Duane served in the U. S. Army and was stationed in Ft. Benning, Georgia. He later returned to Crookston where he farmed with his father before moving to Grand Forks. In 1958, Duane joined the Grand Forks Police Department and worked as a police officer until 1996, retiring as Sergeant.

    Duane collected tractors, flew model airplanes and loved to golf. He was also a balloon pilot and flew his hot air balloon in the Grand Forks area for more than 20 years.

    Duane married Marlene “Sugar” Fundingsland on June 19, 1954 in Crookston, Minnesota. They had met at a young age and loved each other since they were 15 years old.

    Survivors include his wife, Marlene; children, Laura Hanson, Rebecca Hanson, Richard Hanson and Nancy (Brian) Holm, all of Grand Forks; grandchildren, Aaron, Rachel, Miranda, Matthew, Amy and Ashley; great grandchildren, Sean and Andrew; sisters, Phyllis (Verne) Weiss, Miltona, Minnesota; Karen (Gary) Landsen, Lake Park, Minnesota, Bette (Jack) Reed, Carlos, MN, Janis (Gary) Restad, Billings, Montana. Duane was preceded in death by his parents.

     Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2013 in Immanuel Lutheran Church of Grand Forks. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service in Amundson Funeral Home of Grand Forks. Visitation will continue for the hour before the service in the church. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in the late spring. Arrangements are with Amundson Funeral Home of Grand Forks, North Dakota. amundsonfuneralhome.com