The Reverend Arthur S. Hanson
WILLIAMSBURG - With joy and with great sadness, we bid farewell to Pastor Arthur S. Hanson who left us on February 9th, 2017. The son of Charles and Olivia Hanson, Arthur was born in Wegdahl, Minnesota, in 1922. He is a graduate of Dubuque University and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and was ordained on June 15, 1947. He began his ministry with the Board of American Missions in the State of Washington. This was followed by parish work in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, Pastoring seven different churches, concluding with twelve years as Director of Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy with the Lutheran Home and Hospital Association. Along with his call to the chaplaincy, since 1979 he also assisted Pastor John Austin; and in 1990 he was designated as Visitation Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Aberdeen, Maryland. Pastor Hanson was a Certified Hospital Chaplain, was a long-time member of the College of Chaplains, the American Protestant Association, and served as a supervisor in Clinical Pastoral Education programs in the Baltimore area. A World War II Navy veteran, he served on and was chairman of a number of Synodical, Conference, and District Committees. Articles he wrote were published in newspapers, journals, and magazines, including The Lutheran. Pastor Hanson served as a Scoutmaster and member of the Executive Board of the area Scouting Councils of Maryland and Minnesota. His interest in Scouting developed from his many years as a Boy Scout in his youth. He loved baseball, crossword puzzles, and poetry. After moving to Williamsburg in 1999, Pastor Hanson served as needed in the area Lutheran Churches, most especially, Our Saviour's in Norge. He is survived by his wife Irene, his son Luther and his wife Carol; his sister-in-law Elaine Smith of Arkansas, and many nieces and nephews in Minnesota and Arkansas. A Service of the Resurrection will be held at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 16th, 2017. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 7479 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.nelsencares.com .
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