CHOTEAU - Arnold Leslie Hanson, 85, of Choteau, a lifelong Montana resident, Army veteran and farmer, died of natural causes Tuesday, July 26, at a Choteau hospital.
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Visitation with the family present is 6 to 8 p.m. today at Gorder-Jensen Funeral Home. His funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday at Choteau United Methodist Church, with burial in Choteau Cemetery.
Arnold was born May 17, 1926, in Kalispell, the son of Carl and Inga Cecille (Havskjold) Hanson. He was married to Edith Anderson on July 18, 1954, in Choteau. He was a farmer and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.
Arnold enjoyed playing cards, pool and bowling. He had been a bingo caller at Skyline Lodge, and a volunteer at Teton Nursing Home. He was very family-oriented and enjoyed "the best crop he ever raised" - his chil-dren.
Arnold was a member of the Survivors of Lightning Strike and Electrical Shock Board, the Equity Elevator Board, and the Pendroy School Board as a Sunday school program director and teacher. He had been president of the Choteau Senior Center for seven years, and was on the Choteau High School Design Committee for the auditorium.
Arnold is survived by his wife, Edith, of the family home; children Larry (Robin) Hanson of Aberdeen, S.D., Carlene (Tom) Neal of Monmouth, Ore., Sandy (Ross) Salmond of Choteau, and Dale (Frankie) Hanson of Pendroy; a sister, Ruth Banka of Conrad, Mont.; 10 grandchildren, Chris Hanson and Matt Hanson, both of Aberdeen, Chad (Kimmy) Neal and Matthew Neal of Salem, Ore., Jim Salmond and Jeff (Cali) Salmond, both of Choteau, Chandler (Molly) Salmond of Choteau, and Grace Hanson, Callie Hanson and Tessa Hanson, all of Pendroy; one great-granddaughter, Lola of Salem, Ore.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials are suggested to Skyline Lodge, Teton Nursing Home, Teton Medical Center or the Choteau Senior Citizen's Center.
Condolences may be left online at www.gorderfuneralhome.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.
Published in Great Falls Tribune from July 28 to July 29, 2011