Hanlon Prestby, 94, of Canton
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 10:42 AM
Hanlon D. "Press" Prestby, 84, of Canton, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at Green Lea Manor in Mabel.
He was born March 26, 1929, to Hans and Marion (Oseth) Prestby in Deer Park, Wis. He moved at the age of one to a farm near Thief Rivers Falls and attended St. Hilaire Grade School in Thief River Falls.
He went to work for Danielson Electric for three years prior to joining the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1954. He served 39 months at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City S.D., where he met his wife, Carolyn Snyder. They were married Aug. 15, 1953.
After being discharged, the couple moved to Canton and operated Press Highway Shell Station from 1954 to 1971. He worked for Canton Lumber Company and bartended for many years at the Skyline Supper Club in Spring Grove.
After retirement, he worked as a greenskeeper at Harmony Golf Course.
He was a member of Assumption Catholic Church, a retired Canton fireman and also served on the Canton American Legion Post #400.
Survivors include his three children, Nick (Rene), Kim (Jerry) Bakke and Marc, all of Canton; six grandchildren, Kristi (Peter) Elsbernd, Lucas (Jessica) Wangen, and Michele Wangen and Nicole, Samantha and Rachael Prestby; six great-grandchildren, Ashley, Kendra, Addison and Blake Elsbernd, Carson Wangen and Liam Prestby; a sister, Eileen Johnson of Broomfield, Colo.; and two brothers-in-law, Pat Caldwell and Cy (Mary) Snyder; a sister-in-law, Georgia Lee; and many nieces and nephews and cousins that he loved dearly.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by brothers-in law, Stan Lee and Bruce Johnson, and a sister-in-law, Mary Caldwell.
A funeral mass was held Oct. 15 at Assumption Catholic Church in Canton with Msgr. Paul Heiting officiating.
The Mengis Funeral Home, Mabel, assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.mengisfuneralhome.com.