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Ilene Hanson

Ilene (Hinerman) Hanson, 81, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, May 26, 2018, in Kalispell, Mont.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, June 27, at Stillwater Free Lutheran Church in Kalispell, Mont.

She was born on Nov. 5, 1936, in Glasgow, Mont., to William and Anna (Garbe) Hinerman of Larslan, Mont. She attended grade school in a one-room schoolhouse in Larslan and completed high school in Nashua, Mont.

She met her loving husband and best friend, Jim Hanson, in 1960, on the shore of Flathead Lake. They married in Idaho in 1962. In 1966, they had a beautiful daughter, La Mona Lee. La Mona settled in the San Diego area and then returned in 2011 to lovingly care for Ilene.

Throughout her life, she was active in many farming activities with her husband, Jim. Together they bought farmland in the KM Ranch community, where they cleared the land and farmed it. She was a leader in 4-H and she loved sports. She played softball, golf and was an avid bowler, winning many trophies. She loved the LA Lakers and was a personal friend of Phil Jackson. She was a hard worker and retired from Wells Fargo after 37 years.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father; and one sister, Ethel (Hinerman) Maki.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Jim Hanson; one daughter, La Mona Hanson; two brothers, Ray (Lenore) Hinerman and her twin, Samuel Hinerman; two sisters, Alice and Norma Jean; two brothers-in-law, Lloyd Maki and Bruce Grossman; nieces; nephews; and many cousins and friends.

There was a visitation from 5 to 8 p.m., on Friday, June 1, at Buffalo Hill Funeral Home with a graveside committal service held at noon on Saturday, June 2, at Glacier Memorial Gardens in Kalispell.

Friends are encouraged to visit the website,, to leave notes of condolence for the family.

Buffalo Hill Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the family.


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