Hanlon D. "Press" Prestby

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  • "I feel blessed to know Press. He was always a sweet and..."
    - Sharon Cochran
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Hanlon D, "Press" Prestby, 84, of Canton, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at Green Lea Manor in Mabel.

Hanlon was born March 26, 1929, to Hans and Marion (Oseth) Prestby, in Deer Park, Wis. He moved at the age of one to a farm near Thief Rivers Falls and attended St. Hilaire Grade School and graduated from Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls. He went to work for Danielson Electric for three years prior to joining the U. S. Air Force from 1950 to 1954. He served 39 months at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, S.D., where he met his wife, Carolyn Snyder. They were married Aug. 15, 1953. After being discharged, the couple moved to Canton and operated Press Highway Shell Station from 1954 to 1971. He worked for Canton Lumber Company and bartended  for many years at the Skyline Supper Club in Spring Grove. After retirement, he worked as a greenskeeper at Harmony Golf Course.

Press was a member of Assumption Catholic Church, a retired Canton fireman and also served on the Canton City Council and belonged to the Canton American Legion Post #400.

He is survived by his three children, Nick (Rene), Kim (Jerry) Bakke, and Marc, all of Canton; six grandchildren, Kristi (Peter) Elsbernd, Lucas (Jessica) Wangen, Michele Wangen, and Nicole, Samantha, and Rachael Prestby; six great-grandchildren, Ashley, Kendra, Addison and Blake Elsbernd, Carson Wangen and Liam Prestby; one sister, Eileen Johnson of Broomfield, Colo. and  brothers and sisters-in-law, Pat Caldwell, Cy and Mary Snyder, and Georgia Lee; and many nieces and nephews and cousins that he loved dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Carolyn; brothers- in-law, Stan Lee and Bruce Johnson, and a sister-in-law, Mary Caldwell.

A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Assumption Catholic Church in Canton with Msgrs. Paul Heiting and Donald P. Schmitz officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday at the church with a rosary at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.

Mengis Funeral Home, Mabel,is assisting the family with arrangements.


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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Oct. 14, 2013
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