Jerry Henry Hanson, 80, of Malta Montana passed away at his home Wednesday, August 17, 2016.

    Family will receive friends at Kirkwood Funeral Home, Friday, August 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. and the Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Malta with Father Cory Sticha officiating. Burial will follow at Malta City Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at

    Jerry was born March 16, 1936 in Malta to Lillian (Fortin) and Henry “Shorty” Hanson. He was raised and received his education in Malta. He graduated from Malta High School in 1954.

    He joined the National Guard Tank Company on March 19, 1953. In 1955 he went to work for the Montana National Guard full time serving as an Administrative Supply Technician.

    On August 31, 1957 Jerry married Alice Henry and the couple was blessed with four children; Cheryl, Jerry, Kim and Mark.

    Jerry had a great career with the Guards over the years and received numerous awards for his high performance. Jerry retired as Command Sergeant Major on May 19, 1986. He went on to work at True Value and the Phillips County Court House. His hobbies included hunting, fishing and most of all golf. He loved spending time doing his favorite things with his kids and grandkids.

    He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Betty Lou Hanson, Jo Ann Jacobsen, and Phyllis Simpson; and brother, Billy Hanson.

    Jerry is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Alice; his children, Cheryl (Steve) Pankratz, Jerry A. (Tammy Bolechala) Hanson, Kim (Bill) Granlund, and Mark Hanson; eight grandchildren, David Pankratz (deceased), Stephanie (Robert) Knox, Wesley (Ashley) Pankratz, Stacie Pankratz, Michael Hanson, Collen (Chris) Brown, Kaycee Granlund, and Kristi Granlund; eleven great-grandchildren, Austyn Pankratz, Tanner Pankratz, Lindsey Pankratz, Ryder Knox, Gunner Knox, Burke Pankratz, Danaley Smith Pankratz, Mason Daniel, Trinity Brown, Jeri Brown and Evan Brown; one great-great-grandson, Gage Pankratz; sisters, Barbara (Robert) Darrah, Rosie Russell, Connie (Tom) Hasler, Patsy Gilman, and Greta (Norman) Barnard; brothers, Eugene (Linda) Hanson and David (Margaret) Hanson; and numerous nieces and nephews and lifelong friends.

Guest Book

From: Myrna L. Perkins

Dear Family: My sincerest sympathy in the loss of Jerry. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Charlie Mueller

Jerry is now serving the Commander of life. He will be dearly missed. When I was told by Jonsey that he was ill, I began to pray for him and his family. He was a great friend and mentor. Since I heard of his passing I have thought of the good days and years we had together. God bless. Charlie Mueller

From: Joe Berg

Hanson family My prayers go out to you all.

From: Vickie Baumgartner

So sorry to hear about your Dad passing Cheryl. I hope your family and friends and this small note help you through this sad time. Vickie

From: Vickie & Tom Ophus

So sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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