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Clinton Hanson

Clinton Gaylord Hanson

Lt. Colonel, US Air Force Reserve (Retired)

Clinton (Clint) Gaylord Hanson, born May 19, 1918, completed life's journey on October 30, 2017 at the age of 99. A Celebration of Life will he held to remember Clint at the First Baptist Church, 1401 S. Covell Ave. in Sioux Falls at 1:00 PM on Friday, November 3, 2017. The family will be present to greet friends for visitation from 12:00 to 1:00 PM on Friday at First Baptist Church. A private burial will be held at Hills of Rest Cemetery.

Clint's passing marks a new beginning with his Savior as he joins the love of his life, Gladys, for eternity. Clint was born in Sioux Falls but moved soon thereafter to Rapid City with his father Gaylord and mother Etta. He loved roaming the Black Hills with his brothers Don and Wayne and walking the streets of downtown Rapid City with his Dad who seemed to know everyone. Clint was attending the School of Mines when World War II broke out. He soon enlisted in the Army Air Corps which began one of the most formative adventures of his life. Following basic training and an assignment at Scott Field, he was transferred to the Boca Raton Air Station in Florida to teach radar to new pilots. There he met Lt. Gladys Gillis, an Army Nursing Corp nurse, during a brief hospitalization in 1942. They were soon married and spent 69 years loving each other and raising a family. Clint shipped out to the South Pacific serving in various forward flight operations in New Guinea, the Philippines and Okinawa. Clint returned from war in 1945 with the rank of Captain and met his young son, Richard (Dick), for the first time. Clint continued his military service in the U.S. Air Force Reserve with periodic stints of active duty until retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Clint, Gladys and Richard moved from Gladys' home in Mississippi to South Dakota were Clint joined his Dad in the retail clothing business in Rapid City. The family relocated to Sioux Falls as Clint joined a sister store and Gladys returned to nursing. Clint was active in several business and civic organizations including the Chamber of Commerce, the VFW, the American Legion and the Elks. Clint particularly relished his membership in the El Riad Shrine and his participation in the Chanters. Clint and Gladys reveled in attending Shrine parades, Chanter performances and competitions and Dance Club.

Upon retirement, Clint and Gladys spent a great deal of time traveling across the U.S. and Europe. All in all, Clint's favorite place was always the Black Hills, particularly as the Hansons gathered at Legion Lake for family reunions. Clint loved being with his family and his friends. He had a remarkable ability to see the good in nearly everyone. He was always upbeat and quick to smile and laugh. He was a man of service whether it be to the Lord, country, family, friends or to others. He humbly placed service markers on veterans' graves every Memorial Day, regularly escorted children to the Shiners' Hospital for Children in Minneapolis, served seniors through Meals on Wheels and served as a deacon at the First Baptist Church in Sioux Falls.

Clint is survived by his son John and daughter-in-law Emy and his grandsons, Joshua and Jonah of Raleigh, NC; his brother Wayne and sister-in-law Beverly of Kearney, MO., nieces Beth, Jan, Judy, Sharon, Sandy and Karen and nephews Brad, Jeff and Kyle. Gladys, his love, passed away in July, 2011 and son Dick passed away in June, 2005. He was also preceded in death by his brother Don and his wife Marty and nephew Larry and Gladys' sister Rachel and her husband Joe Shank as well as Gladys' sister Willie Mae Gillis.

The family requests that contributions be made to the -Twin Cities at www.shrinershospitalsforchilderen\Location\TwinCities in lieu of flowers. Clint is in the care of Miller Funeral Home and condolences may be made online at www.millerfh.com.
Published in The Argus Leader on Nov. 1, 2017
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