June 20, 1929 -- Jan. 7, 2015
William Hanser passed away peacefully at the family farm in Broadview, Mont., surrounded by his family Tuesday Jan. 7, 2015. Bill was born at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings on June 30, 1929, to William and Helen (Benesh) Hanser.
Bill was a member of the first graduating class of St. Patrick High School in Billings, (now Billings Central). He received his Agricultural Engineering degree from Montana State University and went on to serve in combat as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during the Korean war.
Following an honorable discharge from the military, Bill returned to the family farm and the life he loved of farming and ranching. He met the love of his life, Ellen (Moore) Hanser when she interviewed him about his views on hunting and agriculture for her television show “Mid-Day In Montana.” They were married in 1966 and spent the next 48 years together raising their family and farming and ranching.
Bill was tough, caring, and honorable. All were welcome at his table. No one left the farm without being well fed in body and spirit and touched by their time spent with him.
Bill was active in the American Legion (former Post Commander), the National Guard, served on numerous boards including the Montana Grain Growers, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Bill was preceded in death by his brother Harold (Marieanne) Hanser. He is survived by Ellen (Moore) Hanser his wife of 48 years, his two remaining brothers and their families, Paul (Lois) Hanser and Ralph (Sharon) Hanser; his four children, Terry (Steve Wilcox) Hanser, Bill (Liz) Hanser, Susan Hanser and Donald (Kim) Hanser; grandchildren, Alex Wilcox, Cassandra Wilcox, Danette Wilcox, Catie Hanser, Maggie Hanser, Abbie Hanser, Ellie Hanser, Annie Hanser, Christian Hanser, Nathanial Hanser, Mady Hanser, Chloe Hanser, Gabriel Hanser, William Hanser, Xavier Hanser and Genevieve Hanser and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins. Bill also leaves behind an extensive assembly of wonderful friends and acquaintances.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at Dahl Chapel. Rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Vigil at 6 p.m. Monday at the Dahl Chapel. Funeral Mass will be at noon on Tuesday at St. Patrick Co-Cathedral.
His family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mike Hagan for his care and to all of the good people at the Veterans Administration.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Billings Food Bank or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are in the care of the staff at Dahl Funeral Chapel, memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.dahlfuneralchapel.com.