Calvin Verle Hanssen was born January 10, 1927 near Emery to John and Martha (Lang) Hanssen. He was baptized December 31, 1939 at the First Baptist Church. He grew up on the farm and attended country grade school. He was inducted in the US Army during WWII in 1945 and was honorably discharged in 1947. On June 19, 1948 he married Geraldine Nelsen. They farmed near Emery until retiring and then moved into Emery. On August 22, 2009 he married Fern (Browen) Hanssen. Calvin was a member of the First Baptist Church where he had served as a deacon and trustee and was a member of the Emery American Legion.
Calvin is survived by his five children: Sharon (Phil) Crider, Sioux Falls, Joyce (Bruce) Olson, Barb (Gary) Buse, Ron (Deb) Hanssen all of Lennox, Rich Hanssen, Emery, three step-children: Terry (Cindy) Hanssen, Gene Hanssen, both of Emery, Pat (Jack) Karber, Pierre; 13 grandchildren: Shelly Bohy, Nikki (Stacy) Druse, Brian Olson, Laura (Billy) Welch, Kim Hanssen, Aaron (Bethany) Buse, Chris (Kim) Hanssen, April Buse, Mike Crider, Ashley (Dusty) Sperlich, Keli (Bret) Brende, Emily (Ben) Roberts, Alex Buse, 12 step-grandchildren: Jesse (Bre) Hanssen, Kelsha (Brad) Kressman, Tony (Jes) Hanssen, Eric Hanssen, Aly Hanssen, Jordan Hanssen, Jason Karber, Jody Karber, Jamie Karber, Pam Karber, Paul Karber, Phil (Kari) Karber, 15 great-grandchildren, 12 step-great-grandchildren, two brothers: Milton (Marlyss) Hanssen, Chuck (JoAnn) Hanssen and a sister-in-law, Dorene Hanssen all of Sioux Falls.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wives, Geraldine in 2009 and Fern in 2014, daughter, Dianne Hanssen and brother, Delayne.