Roland Duane Hanson, 83, of Canton, died Friday, June 20, 2014, at Gundersen Medical Center in La Crosse.

He was born on May 5, 1931, to Halfdan and Dora (Bucholz) Hanson at the Eggebrooten farm, one mile north of Canton, and spent most of his youth on the Hanson family farm 1.5 miles north of Canton before his family moved to Canton. He graduated from Canton High School in 1949.

He and Carole Schneekloth were married on Feb. 24, 1956, at the Presbyterian Church in Canton and made their home in Canton.

He served in the army from 1952-1954 and was stationed in France for part of his service.

He was proud of owning his family farm and was, at heart, a farmer who cared for the land and the animals that were raised there.

He owned and operated Roland Hanson Milk Hauler and hauled milk in the area for 24 years. He was then employed by Prosper Lumber Company for 24 years. In retirement he worked as a farm laborer, always enjoying planting and harvesting the crops.

His faith was of great importance to him and he was a lifelong member of the Canton Scotland Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder, deacon and usher and presbytery commissioner. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge for 20 years. He served on the Canton School Board and later on the Mabel-Canton School Board. He served as mayor of Canton, was a director of the Granger Creamery and of the Fillmore County Historical Society. His membership in the Canton Legion Post was of great importance to him.

He loved to play cards, bowl with his family and Tuesday night teammates. He had a special love for horses and always had ponies or horses around the farm, he especially enjoyed the draft teams he owned and the opportunity to go for a wagon ride. He loved the years that he used his team to deliver Santa to Canton and then gave wagon or sleigh rides to help bring the spirit of Christmas to Canton.

He is survived by his wife, Carole; their six children, Cindy (Steve) Sanchez of Wharton, Texas, Doug (Heidi) of Harmony, Allen (Sandy) of Preston, Jane Hall (Todd Lancaster) of Canton, Morris (Laryssa) of Canton and Kate (Jack) Opalinski of Danbury, Conn.; 16 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and many relatives that he always enjoyed spending time with.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Raymond and Henry, and his sisters, Elaine and Dorothy.

Visitation and memorial service will be held at the Canton-Scotland Presbyterian Church of Canton. Visitation will be on Friday, June 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial services will be at 11a.m. on Saturday, June 28, with military rites to follow. Interment will be at the Prosper Cemetery. The Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel is assisting with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting memorials directed to the Canton-Scotland Presbyterian Church or the Prosper Cemetery Association.