DAYTON – Warren E. Hanson, 91, of Dayton, Iowa, joyfully entered Heaven’s gates on Wednes-day, April 24, 2013, at Grand-view Health Care Center in Dayton.

The “Celebration of Life” service for Warren Hanson will be held at the Dayton United Methodist Church at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 27, 2013, followed by a luncheon in the fellowship hall in honor of Warren. Visitation will be held Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Carson Stapp Funeral Home in Dayton, where his family will be honored to greet, and listen to your fond memories of Warren. Pastor Glen Hanson and Rev. Dr. Karen Young will officiate. For online obituaries and condolences visit: www.carsonstappfuneralhome.com

Warren was born on July 3, 1921 to Walter and Anna (Swanson) Hanson in Dayton, Iowa, the third son of the four Hanson boys. He graduated from Dayton Community High School in 1939, and was proud that he still held the school’s pole vault record.

Warren enlisted in the Army during WWII at the age of 21 in 1942, and served in Company K of the 409th infantry regiment 103rd infantry division in France and Germany. Warren was proud of his military service and was a long time member of Dayton’s Peterson American Legion Post #323 where he served on the honor guard for over 50 years.

Not long after D-Day by a wonderful “coincidence” Warren ran into Mary Ann Umsted in Dayton. Mary Ann happened to be his high school sweetheart from Harcourt who just returned from serving in the Navy in San Diego as a Nurses Assistant. From that moment on they were inseparable, and were united in Christian marriage on July 28, 1946, in Sheldon, Iowa. They then made their home S.W. of Dayton where Warren took over the family farm until retirement in 1984. Warren was a member of the Dayton United Methodist Church the vast majority of his life, and served the Lord in multiple ways.

With a zest for life, Warren loved the little “mini-day-trips” with Mary Ann, playing cards, golfing, grilling and entertaining friends and family. He was also honored that he was able to attend the Brushy Creek Honor Flight with his wife and son in 2010. Warren was a wonderful role model for his family, and he reflected Jesus’ love without ever having to say any words. Warren will always be respected and remembered for his various qualities of being a loving and devoted husband, father, and friend. He leaves a wonderful legacy to his family and many memories with those who were blessed to know him.

Blessed to have been married 66 years, Warren is now reunited with Mary Ann the love of his life. He is survived by his children, Douglas (Ramona) Hanson of Des Moines; Linda (Jack) Murphy of Jefferson and Pastor Glen (Janet) of Bondurant. Warren will truly be missed by his eight grandchildren and three step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren. He is survived by seven brother-in-laws and five sister-in-laws; and multiple other friends and family.

Warren is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Anna (Swanson) Hanson, and his lovely bride Mary Ann (Umsted) Hanson.

Those wishing to express their sympathies through a memorial contribution may direct their gift to: Cross Point U.M.C., 117 5th St N.E., Bondurant, IA 50035-% Pastor Glen Hanson or the Dayton United Methodist Church, 107 3rd St. N.W., Dayton, IA 50530.

“For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”

-Daniel 6:26-27