Jim was born on August 23, 1950, in St. Cloud, son of Julian and Doris (Foster) Hanson. He grew up at Glendorado and attended country school. He graduated from Foley High School in 1968 and entered the U.S. Army in May of 1970.
He was united in marriage with Elaine Hansen on September 12, 1970, at Bethany Lutheran Church, Princeton. He served in Germany and was discharged in January of 1972. They farmed at rural Foley, primarily dairy until 1991, when he sold the cows and they tried their hand at pig farming. Jim drove truck for Chuck Carlson and fourteen years ago began driving for Gary Swanson (he claimed to have started driving truck when he was 17).
Jim enjoyed gardening, socializing, cutting wood (for heat) and making Christmas decorations in his shop. He and Elaine enjoyed taking the four-wheeler out and driving around their farm properties, he would also take his grandchildren out on the four-wheeler or the tractor. He enjoyed deer hunting, mostly the preparation of his “deer shack” and his portable “deer stand” (a hayrack outfitted with bales and a Knipco heater). His most told deer story was “two shots, two deer”!
James is survived by his wife Elaine; daughters Monica (Dan) Egerman of Cold Spring, Judy (Brett) Stulken of Aberdeen, S.D., and Katie Hanson of Foley; grandchildren Carter and Jacob Stulken, Wylie, Bradley and Johanna Egerman, and Alex Hanson; his father Julian Hanson of Foley; his sister Jean Tiedt of Foley.
He was preceded in death by his mother Doris in 2006 and granddaughter Peyton Elaine Hanson in 2010.
A memorial service was held on Monday, July 2 at Glendorado Lutheran Church, rural Princeton. Interment was in Glendorado Lutheran Cemetery, rural Princeton.