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FAIRFIELD -- Harold "Hal" W. Hanson passed away after a brief illness Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at his home in Fairfield.

Hal was born April 22, 1927, in Minneapolis, the son of Silas O. and Marjorie (Wheeler) Hanson. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Presque Isle to Aroostook Farm, the State Agricultural Experimental Station, where his father was manager. He graduated from Presque Isle High School in 1945. After serving in the Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict, he graduated from the University of Maine in 1950.

Hal and his wife Bea moved to their current home in Fairfield in 1957, where he served in many organizations, including as a member of the Board of the Fairfield PAL, Indian Guides, and he supported the Special Olympics Torch Run for many years. Hal was Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 470 for many years, and he hiked the entire Appalachian Trail in Maine. He was also a member of the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, where he served as a director, overseer of Trail for Central Maine, and had his own section of the trail that he maintained. He was also a life member of the Good Sam Club and past president of the Kennebec River Rovers camping club. He was also licensed as an amateur radio operator.

After retiring in 1992 from Maine Biological Laboratories of Winslow, he and his wife traveled in their RV to many places around Maine and as far away as Alaska.

Hal was predeceased by his brothers Melvin Hanson and Robert Hanson, and his sister Margaret (Hanson) Hodges.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 59 years, Beatrice (Wilbur) Hanson; his two sons, Bruce Hanson, and Don Hanson and daughter-in-law Trudy (Monk) Hanson; and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, at the Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 16, at the Lawry Brothers Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, c/o Elsa Sanborn, Treasurer, P.O. Box 8087, Bangor, ME 04402-8087.

Condolences may be expressed at: www.lawrybroth

Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield; (800) 660-2111

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