Cliff was born Sept. 12, 1925 in Jasper, Minn. to parents Charles and Cora (Pien) Hansen. He grew up on the family dairy and crop farm in Southern Minnesota. Later in life, he often spoke of the horses he worked with in the fields. Cliff served in the U. S. Army during World War II as a cook and a nurse’s aide. In 1946, he married Grace DeJoode forming a union that lasted 29 years. In 1974, Cliff married Mary Jane Engholm. They were married for 34 years.
Cliff had many jobs over the years. He worked as a farmer, a construction laborer, and a carpenter. As a farmer, Cliff had the strongest fences and the straightest corn rows. As a construction laborer, he worked on a bridge-building crew. Later, Cliff and a business partner formed A&H Construction. A&H built homes, pole barns, and did remodeling. Their company formed part of the crew that built the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Cliff was a simple man who made keen observations about nature and life. Even as he aged he still had a sense of wonderment and curiosity. Cliff greatly enjoyed bowling and horseshoes and earned many trophies for these activities. He also loved gardening and was proud of the many buckets of tomatoes he sold each summer. Cliff loved telling jokes. His humor and playfulness were well known and appreciated by friends and family alike.
Cliff was preceded in death by: wife, Mary Jane; parents; siblings: Peter Hansen, Lenora Schlack, Raymond Hansen, Ruby Behr, Elaine Gaston, and Charlotte Hansen.
He is survived by: daughters, Diana Hansen and Darlene (Jim) Cornell; son, Darrel (Dianna) Hansen; step-daughter, Charlotte (Steve) Brown; step-son, John Engholm; grandchildren: Dan (Deb) Olsen, Jody (Ron) Morriseau, Jennifer (Jeremy Nord) Prunick, Micheal Chilson; step-grandchildren: Adam (Michelle) Brown and Jessica (Mitchell) Mosio; great-grandchildren: Alex, Makayla, Samantha, Jarod, Chelsea, Avery, Desiree, Coby, Andrew; step-great-grandchildren, Connor and Zander; sisters-in-law, many nieces and nephews, other loving relatives and friends.
A funeral service was held Monday, August 6, 2012, at the Braham Evangelical Covenant Church. Rev. Steve Jennisch officiated. Music was provided by Marie Grundberg. Honorary casket-bearers were Clifford’s grandchildren. Inurnment was at the Cambridge Union Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Rock-Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham.