Hans Stensland

January 29, 1920 - February 20, 2018


Visitation: Visitation with family present will be Sunday, Feb. 25 from 2-4 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home.
Service: Funeral services will begin at 11:30 a.m. Monday, February 26 at Redeemer Free Lutheran Church in Canton. Private family burial will be held prior to the service.

Hans Stensland - for bulletin & paper   Hans Stensland, age 98, died Tuesday, February 20 at Good Samaritan Village, Sioux Falls, SD. Funeral Services will be held Monday, Feb 26 at 11:30 am at Redeemer Free Lutheran Church in Canton, SD. Visitation with family present will be Sunday, Feb 25 from 2 to 4 pm at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  Private family burial will be at Our Savior Lutheran Church cemetery, rural Inwood, prior to the funeral service.

    Hans was born January 29, 1920 in Vest-Agder, Norway.  At 6 months old, he came to the United States with his parents, Ole and Severine Stensland and 2 older brothers.  They settled in rural Inwood, IA.   He and his family belonged to Our Saviors Lutheran Church in rural Inwood.   He attended country school in Lyon County, Iowa.  He and his family moved to the Canton area in 1939.   He married Doris Fladmark on June 6, 1943 in Canton, SD.   For 65years they farmed south of Canton.  They celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary in June 2017.

    Hans was active in the community including being on the Board for Jensvold # 13 Country Grade School, and on the boards of Farmers Elevator and Farmers Co-Op Oil, as well as participating in Sons of Norway.  He and his family belonged to Lands Lutheran Church until 1984 when they became Charter members of Redeemer Free Lutheran Church in Canton, SD.  Hans loved being a farmer.  He enjoyed golf as a hobby.  But mostly, it was his family that brought him the most joy – his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He and his wife traveled to Norway several times to visit relatives.  They also spent some time in Florida.

Hans is survived by his wife, Doris, sons Vernon (Ronda) Stensland, Sioux Falls, SD & James (Patsy) Stensland, rural Hudson, SD and 1 daughter, Susan Stensland, Omaha, NE; brother Tommy Stensland, 7 grandchildren:  Kristen Cudmore, Joseph Stensland, Brian Stensland, Sarah Donley, Matthew Stensland, Jeremy Stensland, Jonathan Stensland, and 10 great grandchildren

   Hans was preceded in death by 2 infant sons, his parents, 5 brothers and 1 (infant) sister.

    Memorials may be directed to Redeemer Free Lutheran Church, Canton, SD or charity of your choice.

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  1. It has been our honor and privilege to care for Hans. Thank you for allowing us to care and love on them. We hope you are finding peace and rest during this new transition. ~AseraCare Hospice Team

  2. I’m so sorry to lose Uncle Hans. I wish Aunt Doris, Susan , Vernon and Jim strength!
    Our thoughts are with you!
    Love
    Tim and Jenny Fladmark

  3. As a hired man working for Lowell Alness back in the 1960s, I remember Hans very well. He was a good man, rather quiet and always courteous. My sympathies to Doris and the rest of the family. Ordelle Hill

  4. We hope the passage of time and pleasant memories of Hans will heal the void created by his passing. We especially enjoyed our fellowship with Doris and Hans during the time they resided near us in The Villages, Florida.