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Harry Thomas Hansen

August 21, 1938 — December 4, 2023

Austin, Minnesota

Harry Thomas Hansen

Harry Thomas Hansen, age 85, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 4, 2023, at Good Samaritan Society – Comforcare in Austin. Harry was born on August 21, 1938, in Austin, Minnesota, to Harold A. and Francine H. (Steinberger) Hansen. He went on to graduate from Austin High School in 1957 before serving as a military police officer in the United States Army from 1958-1961. Harry met Carol Strouf while working at Lars Gas Station and the two were married on May 14, 1966, at First United Methodist Church in Austin.

Harry held several jobs until settling at Hormel Foods, where he worked for over 30 years. He retired in 2003. In his free time, Harry enjoyed hunting, fishing, and baking bread. He was known for his unique and personal rendition of “Happy Birthday.” Harry was also known for his delicious banana bread and won several awards for his bread baking skills at the Mower County Fair. Harry was a member of the Eagles, American Legion, and Moose Club in addition to volunteering for the Red Cross and First United Methodist Church. Harry was also a very proud grandfather to Alex and Amber. He especially cherished taking them on Grandpa trips and attending all of their athletic and music events.

Survivors include his daughter, Tamra Hansen of Austin; son, Scott (Elaine) Hansen of Austin; granddaughters, Alex (Nick) Schwartz of Rochester, MN, and Amber (James) Svenson of Houston, TX. He is also survived by his sister, Vanna Rae (Peter) Nielsen; cousin, Ed Kuether, who was like a brother to Harry; in-laws, Wayne (Fran) Strouf, and Bruce (Nedra) Strouf; many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends. Harry was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Hansen; grandmother, Evana “Granny” Steinberger, who raised Harry; parents, Harold and Francine Hansen; and father and mother-in-law, Alvin and Geraldine Strouf.

A memorial service for Harry will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, December 11, 2023, at First United Methodist Church in Austin. The visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at church. Harry donated his body to the Mayo Anatomy Bequest Program for educational research. The interment will be held at a later date in Bohemian National Cemetery, Myrtle, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to First United Methodist or the National MS Society. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff at Good Samaritan Society – Comforcare for their care and time with Harry. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Visitation

Monday, December 11, 2023

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Central time)

First United Methodist Church

204 1st Ave NW, Austin, MN 55912

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Memorial Service

Monday, December 11, 2023

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

First United Methodist Church

204 1st Ave NW, Austin, MN 55912

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