Harold “Hooch” Hansen, age 83, of Sleepy Eye, died Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at his home in Sleepy Eye.

Harold "Hooch" Martin Hansen, age 83, of Sleepy Eye, died on June 12, 2013, at his home in Sleepy Eye. Visitation will be on Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye and will continue on Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Marion Conference Room at Divine Providence Home. There will be a time of sharing at 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Funeral service will be held at Divine Providence Home Chapel in Sleepy Eye, on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 11 a.m. with Fr. Dennis Labat officiating. Interment will be at the Home Cemetery, in Sleepy Eye. Military rites will be provided by the Sleepy Eye Honor Guard. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com. Memorial are preferred to; Educate Tanzania Inc., 858 Oriole Lane, Chaska, MN 55318 or Schoenstatt Sisters, 27762 County Road #27, Sleepy Eye, MN 56085

Hooch was first and foremost, the best Dad, father-in-law, grandpa and great-grandpa a family could ever have. He was born in Sleepy Eye, where he lived his entire life. Hooch was the son of C. C. Hansen Sr. and Veronica Hansen. He lived life fully and completely, and extended his love to all he met whenever and wherever he could. He was a past member of the Knights of Columbus and served in the Army, Air Force and National Guard during the Korean War. Hooch was a loyal son who saw to it that his father’s legacy of owning the beer business lived on through Hansen Distributing. He is grateful to the entire community who supported this business. He then moved on to sell insurance for Catholic Aid Association and successfully re-established an independent business through the ongoing support of the community and even won an award of “Top Producer Field Representative in history (1985-1995)”, because of those who purchased insurance from him. He retired with much gratitude that his hard work gave him and lived out the rest of his days with the love of his life, Jeanne Hansen, whom he joins in heaven and in eternal peace. Hooch was a kind-hearted man who loved to tell a good story and Ole and Lena jokes to whomever would listen. At the end of his life, all he wanted was to spend time with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends and spread happiness and joy with little notes and gifts scattered about. Hooch was a very loyal husband and wise and present father. He loved Jesus and the Holy Mother with all of his heart and found much comfort and solace in prayer. He entrusts his family to the Lord.

Hooch is survived by his oldest daughter, Lori Hansen and her partner Kerrie Okada and granddaughter Lily Carey; his son Steve and his wife Jan and grandchildren Jordan and his wife Cassi and great-granddaughter Eloise Jo, and grandson Eric; his son Tom Hansen, wife Karen and grandchildren Rachel Schmidt and her husband Mike and great-granddaughters Allison, Amanda and Sydney, and grandson Dillon and his fiancé Tami Sorenson, grandson Chris and great-granddaughter Kadynce, and grandson Carter; daughter Karin and her husband Mike Meriwether and grandsons Gus and Gabe; and daughter Mary Sue Hansen and her partner Lisa Leo and grandson, Marcus Leo Hansen. Hooch will always be remembered for his generous and loving spirit and the way he gave of himself to others whole-heartedly. He will be deeply missed.