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Hanson, Marvin Byron
B: 12 Dec 1943
D: 29 Feb 2004, Northcote, MN
M: (1) 08 Jan 1971, Gayle Stoll, Divorced
M: (2) 24 Jul 1998, Kathy Rynning

FN: Byron Hanson d. 23 Dec 2009
MN: Marva Diamond

Children of Marvin Byron Hanson and Gayle Stoll:

1. George Herbert Hanson
B: 04 Oct 1975
M: 12 Aug 1995, Heather Marie Wilson

2. Kate S. Hanson
B: 28 Jun 1977

Ex-Sen. Marvin Hanson, 60, dies

Robert Franklin, Star Tribune

Published March 2, 2004

Marvin Hanson, a farmer and lawyer who became assistant majority leader of the Minnesota State Senate and a DFL candidate for Congress, has died at age 60.

"He was a decent, straight-up, honest guy," said former DFL Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe, who represented an adjacent district. "He never forgot where he came from, that's for sure."

Indeed, after his stint in politics, Hanson returned home to the northwestern corner of the state. He lived in Kennedy, Minn., and was found dead Sunday of an apparent heart attack. He had been feeding livestock in a barn on the Northcote farm that had been in his family for many years.

Hanson raised feeder pigs, an unusual farming practice in the Red River Valley. "He dearly loved it," said his wife, Kathryn Rynning. She recalled him talking about friends who retired out West and remarking, "Arizona will never ever come up to going to the barn and finding 13 new piglets in the morning."

"He was very gentle but very outspoken, dynamic," she said. "If he had an opinion, you would know it."

Hanson grew up in the Hallock area, graduated from the University of Minnesota and received a law degree from Columbia University. He spent two years in the Peace Corps in Bolivia, which produced "probably his fondest memories," his wife said.

He served in the Senate from 1977 through 1982.

"He was somebody that I really relied on," Moe said. "He was filled with good sense, good common sense ... a man with great talents."

Hanson chose not to run for reelection in 1982, but he was the unsuccessful DFL candidate for Congress in Minnesota's Seventh District in 1988. He received 46 percent of the vote against Republican incumbent Arlan Stangeland.

Since then, he had been "pretty much on the sidelines" of politics, Rynning said. He farmed and practiced some law, mostly in real estate, from an office in Hallock.

Hanson was a member of Red River Lutheran Church, near Hallock.

He and Rynning, the widow of a former college roommate from Hallock, married five years ago. Other survivors include two children from a previous marriage, George, of Lancaster, Minn., and Kate Hanson, of St. Paul; his father and a sister.

Funeral arrangements had not been made as of Monday

Kittson County Enterprise Obituary, 10 Mar 2004

Marvin Hanson

Hallock, Minn. - Former State Senator Marvin B. Hanson, 60, Hallock, died at his Northcote farm on Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004.

Marvin Byron Hanson was born in Grand Forks, Dec. 12, 1943, the son of Byron and Marva (Diamond) Hanson. He graduated from Hallock High School and was goalie ont the 1961 state hockey team.

Marvin attended the University of Minnesota in 1962. In 1963, he joined the Peace Corps, serving in Bolivia until 1964. He returned to the University of Minnesota and graduated with an agricultural economics degree in 1967.

Marvin went on to attend Columbia University and he received his Juris Doctorate in 1970. In 1971, he married Gayle Stoll of Denison, Iowa. They had two children: George H. (Heather) Hanson, Lancaster; and Kate S. Hanson, St. Paul. Marvin married Kathryn F. Rynning, Kennedy, in 1998.

Marvin served in the Minnesota State Senate from 1976 to 1982. He served as assistant majority leader in 1979 and was vice chairman of the Senate Rules Committee. Marvin ran for the U.S. Congress in 1988.

He was active on the Kittson Memorial Hospital Board and the Red River Lutheran Church Council where he was a life long member. He served on the Harvest States Co-op Board from 1985 to 1995; and was a former board member of Prairie Public Television. Marvin was also a member of the Farm House Fraternity while at the University of Minnesota and was voted Red River Valley's "King Agassiz."

He is survived by his father, Byron, Hallock; a sister, JoAnn Hanson, Helena, Mont.; a step daughter, Cindy M. (James J.) Lennon, Marine on the St. Croix; two step sons, Robert C. (Darlene Lindberg) Rynning and Timothy J. (Lisa) Rynning both of Kennedy; eight grandchildren; three nephews and one niece.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Marva in 1994 and a brother, Calvin, in 1991.

Funeral services were 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 5, 2004, in Grace Lutheran Church, Hallock. Interment was in the Red River Lutheran Cemetery. Rev. Erling Huglen and Rev. Kenneth Losch presided.

Honorary pall bearers were Glen Lundberg, Bob Boychuk, John Corbid, Lynn Rynning, Mike Mattson, Jim Tunheim, Dennis Diamond, and Gary Johnson.

Pall bearers were Tim Rynning, Robert Rynning, Noel Peterson, Shawn Hanson, Jerod Hanson, and Greg Clinton.

Adamson-Austin-Hughes Funeral Home, Hallock, assisted the family with arrangements.

Marvin Hanson Endorsed as MN District 1 DFL Delegate.

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