Dee (D.J.) Jeffrey Hanson, 76 of Brainerd, passed away on Sunday, January 2, 2022, surrounded by his family. Services are pending, but will be held this spring in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.Dee was born on July 25, 1945, to Harold and Elinor (Spoor) Hanson in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He married Mary Nelson in 1971 and they raised two boys together. Dee served in Vietnam and returned from duty in 1969. Dee had a long and fulfilling career in court management. He spent 18 years as the 9th District court administrator in Bemidji, MN and finished his career serving as the State Court Administrator for South Dakota over 8 years. Dee was a voracious reader. In his retirement he began a second career as a book dealer. Dee and Mary loved to travel. Dee continued to travel often with his family and friends. Dee is survived by his sons, Kyle (Colleen Dolphin) Hanson, and Kerry Hanson; one grandson; two great grandchildren; and brother, Jay “JD” Hanson. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Elinor, and wife, Mary. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Baxter.
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