Merle M. Hanson - Rochester
The funeral for Merle M. Hanson will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 29, 2011, at Autumn Ridge Church in the Timothy Chapel in Rochester, with C. John Steer, Senior Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church.
Mr. Hanson, 90, of Rochester, died Sunday, April 24, 2011, at Seasons Hospice.
Merle was born April 14, 1921, to Marcus and Nellie Hanson of Osage, Iowa. He graduated from Osage High School in 1939 and attended the University of Minnesota. College was interrupted and then mingled with his Army service from 1942 to 1951; he graduated from the U of M in 1954 with a degree in Pharmacy. He married H. Minerva Hanson on Dec. 7, 1950, while serving in Williamsburg, Va.
Upon graduation from the U of M, Merle and Minerva moved to Rochester in 1954 where he joined Weber & Judd Drug Company as a pharmacist. Merle worked at Weber & Judd for 20 years prior to joining the pharmacy at Mayo Rochester Methodist Hospital in 1974. He retired from RMH in October of 1989.
Merle was an active member of Autumn Ridge Church (formerly First Baptist Church) with a special passion for prayer and foreign missions.
Survivors include his wife, Minerva; son, Gary and daughter-in-law, Joy, of Plymouth; granddaughter, Alyssa, of Falcon Heights; and grandson, Marc, of Plymouth.
Merle had a passion for his family, especially his grandchildren, his church and his work as a pharmacist.
Memorials are preferred to Autumn Ridge Church of Rochester world missions fund.
Macken Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.